Friday, February 10, 2012

Genocide!

What the Assads and their loyalists are perpetrating right now in Syria amounts, by certain international standards, to Genocide: they are intentionally destroying members of a certain religious group.

Thursday February 09, 2012

Today’s death toll: 145. The Breakdown: 112 in Homs City including 3 women and 6 children…

But while all eyes are on Homs City, the town of Zabadani continues to be bombarded with tanks and howitzers, with locals saying that dozens of homes have been destroyed as a result. More than 50 tanks and 5,000 troops equipped with heavy artillery are now inching their way to the town. An invasion can take place any day now in what promises to be a very bloody and violent affair. The town of Madaya is already besieged on all sides.

Other communities that are witnessing serious assault include Qouriyeh in Deir Ezzor Province

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What is happening in Homs City and protest hubs across Syria today meets many of the legal elements included in the definition of Genocide, as specified in Convention on the Prevention and
Punishment of Genocide:

"Article II:  In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (the intent can be established by using much of the discourse and venom in state-run media, as well as proliferating expert analysis of the sectarian motives of Assad core loyalists: Alawites fearing Sunni reprisals)

(a) Killing members of the group; (check)

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (check)

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (check)

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Even though, children are being targeted intentionally, something that has been highlighted by numerous human rights reports, and even though children died in incubators when power supply to hospitals were cut intentionally, elements (d) and (e) of the definition are clearly not met, and that is the only reason why some people might refrain from calling the crimes being perpetrated by the Assads as Genocide. However, according to Wikipedia, Genocide “can simply also be known as the intent to destroy a group, in part or in whole. Intent must be proven, otherwise the crime cannot be identified as genocide.” By this standard, what the Assads are doing right now in Syria is genocide.

Homs

Homs City

Baba Amr: the pounding continues http://youtu.be/9r6eq9Hsj80 , http://youtu.be/yuXIZx466Bs , http://youtu.be/qz6hYj1ZC5M , http://youtu.be/7zBHZmWvoWE , http://youtu.be/2TqiIGqa3BY , http://youtu.be/gvjkDBpqf7I Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/O4-PIHajFUM Three bodies strewn in the rubble of collapsed homes http://youtu.be/nAspG2I1A2c Missile strike http://youtu.be/iDfe9WerZFw a house brought down http://youtu.be/h6O-kxhqYEQ One of the local mosque was destroyed http://youtu.be/wKSZf0sQAag Another mosque is hit http://youtu.be/80Pv1A7X6Z8 Houses on fire http://youtu.be/BmSSbaHaUo4 , http://youtu.be/E13jc4ln-ik Plane flying overhead http://youtu.be/iRLfdrAa2-M This one, local activists say, has taken part in he bombardment http://youtu.be/B-R8DpWjnSo Local activists unable to get to this house where they believe a family is buried underneath the rubble http://youtu.be/hYjTubDmbM0 Another demolished home http://youtu.be/_ZwT8OgfO4k

Activist Danny Abduldayem surveys the destruction (English) http://youtu.be/9i7DFEwmoYw Removing the bodies of the dead http://youtu.be/xNYzzfFjEG0 Women and children below the rubble http://youtu.be/maQXJlLkGR8 pulling more bodies from under the rubble http://youtu.be/qi_V9z8PrEA


Treating 5 wounded children from the same family http://youtu.be/OOwwVDmQ9U0 This baby needs an incubator, but none is available http://youtu.be/l9KOLqVwNPg An injured little girl http://youtu.be/dBHteiRvyQg A little girl takes her last breaths http://youtu.be/Zf5FZRZP8KY

Local activists call for intervention saying that their neighborhoods are being wiped out http://youtu.be/AClpWehGDiU

Children cry in a local shelter as the neighborhood is pounded http://youtu.be/F2mEl6YwWic

Insha’aat: this body of this man was left in the streets after he was kidnapped by loyalist militias. He was shot in the back several times, and dogs were chewing on his arm when he was found http://youtu.be/TQNHOgNwQ6Y

Karm Al-Zeitun: a man killed by a sniper while he was buying bread http://youtu.be/KnL-GYwvQ3M Another http://youtu.be/gFIXsiErCno Man taking his last breaths http://youtu.be/C7zuJ-SgDHY

Bab Dreib: the martyrdom of a local activist http://youtu.be/PFA2mUxpUBg the grieving and angry family http://youtu.be/UWWsOuAjWEI

Khaldiyeh: A martyr http://youtu.be/c0ULdag4OGs Another http://youtu.be/u7DSS-eN39s A small hasty funeral http://youtu.be/eJEsAM31Kmw Martyred little girl http://youtu.be/PdAKLcL3BWM Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/X3O35zkD9fQ

Bayadah: wounded http://youtu.be/8c9D5XLDopE The local doctor shows us three martyrs and complains of lack of proper supplies and equipment http://youtu.be/gLWbQWVw_J8  

Asheerah: a house catches fire due to pounding http://youtu.be/fMc_Ae-a3b4 Loyalists carrying out a raid of the neighborhood http://youtu.be/nt0a6MvVPEA

Bab Al-Sibaa: the wounded http://youtu.be/ildBFKiuISA A man hit in the head by sniper http://youtu.be/GrSxSk34ZjI

Qarabees: a body thrown in the street http://youtu.be/qrJyLUpUGgM

Karm Al-Shami: pulling a body from the street http://youtu.be/w4k7kL0NgSY

Al-Rabei Al-Arabi: A tank shoots its way through http://youtu.be/y1qiuf5OLI8

Deir Baalbah: An operation by local members of the FSA http://youtu.be/W35AUCoNnPg

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Homs Province

Rastan: The pounding of Rastan with rockets http://youtu.be/fbyDOd1Qoo4 , http://youtu.be/CUG8N-kszvE The dead and the wounded fill the streets in the aftermath of a heavy bombardment http://youtu.be/I9jdKexXwjc A local father describes how his children were killed when a mortar round hit their home http://youtu.be/CmKmyEAOWF8 a wounded young lady http://youtu.be/Qi6b4XGicSc A your of the local clinic http://youtu.be/7cor0vDRH6I Two martyrs http://youtu.be/eYOPZ16Ti_0 Impact of pounding http://youtu.be/MhO-P-RrUqI

Members of the Men of God Brigade declare that after the city was liberated, loyalist troops pounded it killing 1,000 residents. They declare if the bombardment is not stooped they will blow up the main bridge near the town and begin targeting oil wells as well as villages supporting the regime from where loyalist militias are recruited and housed http://youtu.be/cF7CtLKVgvQ Let’s hope that this is an idle threat borne out of anger, for this is exactly the tit-for-tat that protest leaders are trying to avoid, and have been successful in preventing it so far, despite all the violence on the part of Assad loyalists.   

Talbisseh: a martyr http://youtu.be/ude3Tdl52NE


Tadmor: loyalist troops patrol the streets http://youtu.be/KF5SBD_vKc4 A house demolished by the pounding http://youtu.be/dk-ojwzZUD4

Nighttime Rallies


Damascus

Damascus City

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies

Eastern Ghoutah

Douma: The local hospital is set on fire at night, and fire trucks are nowhere to be seen http://youtu.be/nwK6wemRoN0

Arbeen: loyalists patrol the streets http://youtu.be/tDH0n9rp3k4 , http://youtu.be/s75VxcoB18c

Nighttime Rallies

Damascus South

Daytime Rallies

West (Zabadani and Wadi Barada)

Zabadani: Of course the siege of the town is coupled with continuous shelling http://youtu.be/7VvSP48whWM , http://youtu.be/vltNZg0izVc , http://youtu.be/ueXH-UqUDkY More tanks on way to Zabadani http://youtu.be/OHGL1H1Ga88 A martyr http://youtu.be/zNlFYFpnrsQ Eight more martyrs http://youtu.be/wgOP2EpA66s Treating the wounded http://youtu.be/jxhiAdWX-9s Locals are suffering from shortage of bread due to ongoing siege http://youtu.be/WcFZKz_zE0M

North (The Qalamoun Region )

Nighttime Rallies


Hama

Hama City

Nighttime Rallies

Hama Province

Daytime Rallies


Idlib


Khan Shaikhoon: a martyr http://youtu.be/FlhaeSwcu1E

Sarmada: A martyr http://youtu.be/bvQ4hAQzF3Y

Ma’arrat Al-Nouman: tanks invade the city http://youtu.be/MPACjrxe9ho The pounding begins immediately http://youtu.be/f8jR2tuB6pk , http://youtu.be/Iv525h6rXcE , http://youtu.be/XJ-hzwL3RWk Impact of shelling http://youtu.be/sVA1t8sGz1w , http://youtu.be/ODxL8yc4w4g Funeral for a martyred woman http://youtu.be/J7LkUGkgLTQ

Idlib City comes under fire http://youtu.be/uu-B0_Ta9lY


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies
Hz http://youtu.be/VxpsvcMm2VM ano http://youtu.be/VxpsvcMm2VM


Deraa/Hauran

Deraa City

Daytime Rallies
Mahatah (student rally, all girls) http://youtu.be/f0sJdl_aGIo , http://youtu.be/J-a1tgovD0M

Nighttime Rallies

Deraa/Hauran Province

Tseel: Martyr http://youtu.be/X8YhNEKMsHA Another http://youtu.be/f7XYbnoGSIw Houses and shops set on fire by loyalists http://youtu.be/X585zCHE7TA

Ankhel: protesters come under attack http://youtu.be/oHEabqGStME

Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Aleppo

Aleppo City

A nighttime sit-in by a local police station demanding release of detainees http://youtu.be/kbWIJcCPzqk

Aleppo Province

Kobani: a funeral for two martyrs http://youtu.be/R6lSUL_vrns

Elbab: a funeral http://youtu.be/OvNixXxedsA

Daytime Rallies


Deir Ezzor


Qouriyeh: tanks invade the town http://youtu.be/4b0X47Hx1iE


Hassakeh


Daytime Rallies

Nighttime Rallies


Suweida


Suweida City: loyalists militias attack protesters http://youtu.be/ZySmhX71txc