Monday, February 20, 2012

Delaying the Inevitable!

Until they are brought down, the Assads still labor under the belief that they can finish off the resistance in Homs and throughout the country through a combination of bombardment, ground assault, arrest, torture, assassination, terror attacks and lies, i.e. – the famed security solution. The Assads can’t change their spots. It’s the international community that has to change its tactics when dealing with them, by admitting that its diplomacy has failed and that intervention, for all its complications and potential pitfalls, is needed. The more this decision is delayed, the worse and more complex the situation on the grounds will get.

Sunday February 19, 2012

Today’s death toll: 27, including the district attorney of Idlib City and a district judge, whose assassination is subject to controversy with the regime claiming that armed gangs were responsible for the act, while local activists point the finger at pro-Assad militias.

Meanwhile, the pounding of Bab Amr and other restive neighborhoods in Homs continues with Assad loyalist militias seeming to gear up for a ground attack. Many suburbs in Damascus City today including those in Mazzeh, Midan, Naher Eisheh, Barzeh, Qaboun and Kafar Sousseh observed a call for general strike.

The family of the local activist Samer Al-Khateeb who was killed in Mazzeh yesterday was forced to bury him at dawn to avoid having another mass rally in the increasingly restive neighborhood.

3 protesters were killed in the neighborhood of Bab Qibli in Hama City when loyalists opened fire on an anti-Assad rally. 4 more were killed at the outskirts of the City when loyalist militias opened fire on a passenger bus.  

News
U.S. military chief dubious about arming Syrian rebels (My Comment: Well, then establish some contact with the FSA and the rebels in order to evaluate their readiness, know who they are and understand what they stand for. Maintaining a policy of aloofness, standoffishness and leading from behind is not going to help with that.”
Op-Eds & Special Reports

According to the Russian newspaper, Pravda, I seem to be part of the American conspiracy against Syria:

“The FUKUS axis has used as its agents the ex-Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam, AIPAC member Farid al-Ghadry, Brookings Institution Fellow Ammar Abdul Hamid, Jeffrey Feltman from the US State Dept and multiple Syrian Muslim Brotherhood leaders to fund, incite, train, guide, organize and direct their agents within Syria to bring down the Assad government.”

If there were a conspiracy, the activists and the rebels would have enough communications equipment, enough medical supplies and enough weapons to help them in their fight against the Assads, instead of being so outmatched and embattled. Moreover, after 11 months, I trust there would have been an intervention by now. Unfortunately, the only provable conspiracy is the one woven by Assad and their allies, including the Russians of course, against our freedom. 

Homs

Homs City

Baba Amr: A message from local activist Khalid Abou Salah to the SNC: you haven’t done anything of substance since the beginning of the bombardment. You should immediately contact the Red Cross to encourage delivery of humanitarian aid to the neighborhood, and you should do more press conferences to inform the world of what’s happening in Baba Amr. We gave you legitimacy, and we can take it away http://youtu.be/iKeKx4bOAyo a young activist who was involved in smuggling humanitarian supplies to the neighborhood is killed http://youtu.be/8PnU6aum-G8 


Injuries to the heads by sniper bullets and shrapnel remain very common: Old man http://youtu.be/4KZfyvja99I a child http://youtu.be/7u2ZNVg6vK4

Khaldiyeh: Martyr http://youtu.be/Z-pqcZXVDJU A funeral for three http://youtu.be/mjo9KHOiw5U

Karm Al-Zeitun: Martyrs http://youtu.be/Qjir_VKI6Ko , http://youtu.be/64QS9-16DOQ , http://youtu.be/QaiWhzHcCJU Omar Tellawi takes us on a tour of the neighborhood under bombardment http://youtu.be/7LjtR7JoPMw

Insha’aat: tanks take up position near the local headquarters of the Baath Party http://youtu.be/rRqE1Hgnig0

Bab Al-Sibaa: the pounding continues http://youtu.be/MVi8MBN6dHk

Daytime Rallies
Qoussour (all-girls) http://youtu.be/8hwb6aTqUrY

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: new fighting unit formed under FSA umbrella http://youtu.be/kER9OI9cKX0 New defectors http://youtu.be/QlqB84oiXjM , http://youtu.be/VEgCHkHN6WY Impact of shelling http://youtu.be/DqCrc-LK4Hs

Houleh: funeral http://youtu.be/ZmHvuJYgpx4 Mourners come under fire and take cover while chanting defiantly http://youtu.be/Zc7UdO1l09o One of the injured http://youtu.be/K1_2IOC5bsc


Damascus

Damascus City


Blocking roads by using burning tires and garbage dumpsters has become common practice in many suburbs and neighborhoods close to main roads: Assaly http://youtu.be/i7sO15fnrx0 Barzeh http://youtu.be/kyMdKanes84

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus East (Eastern & Western Ghoutah)

Kafar Batan: tanks still in position throughout the neighborhood http://youtu.be/bxjpJl5rjH0

Dmeir: tanks and armored vehicles continue to be stationed in the city http://youtu.be/6hQFckJdUKc , http://youtu.be/cVPmfI77FdY

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South (Southern Ghoutah)

Nighttime Rallies

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Nighttime Rallies


Hama

Hama City

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Kafrenboudeh: new clips from the pounding that took place on Feb 16 showing the victims of the random shelling still lying in the streets amidst the ruins http://youtu.be/eQvPQCyU3uA

Shaizar: child hit in the head by a shrapnel during the bombardment of the town http://youtu.be/eHj-BxdDbvw

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


Ma’arrat Masreen: Martyr http://youtu.be/Rz3QqXJOM04

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: Funeral http://youtu.be/fnLJNsC-hWI


Nighttime Rallies
Ma’arrat Al-Nouman http://youtu.be/dLjVjS7xgvo


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa/Hauran Province


Basr Al-Harir: impact of pounding http://youtu.be/RxFXQcDF6lE , http://youtu.be/SEhduoY78Sg

Harrfah: funeral http://youtu.be/x0NnB-IJLEA

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

Sukkari: protesters come under fire http://youtu.be/mkCSHYKDmhk

Nighttime Rallies

Aleppo Province

Al-Atareb: snipers take up positions around town http://youtu.be/Ex56lnxTXGc and tanks roam the streets http://youtu.be/3FNijmC8pGw Funeral http://youtu.be/we7PiR9tdBg The pounding of the city begins http://youtu.be/qVGclmzHEQw

Nighttime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Asharah: martyr http://youtu.be/X_nBHZ7dMsY

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Hassakeh


Ghuweiran: nighttime protesters http://youtu.be/99wnAW8Cr5c come under fire http://youtu.be/vPT1rqleIRA , http://youtu.be/sU4VRp2V_uQ

Nighttime Rallies