There is a countdown taking place in the background of all developments in Syria today, leading either to the beginning of intervention or the end of human decency. Your call.
For those interested in advocacy on behalf of the Syrian people, signing this petition is a must. It seems that, while calling for sanctions on Syria, the U.S. itself has an active contract with the Russian arms dealer that has sold over 4 billion dollars’ worth of weapons to the Assads!!!
Meanwhile, Senator McCain’s statement in the Senate today made the strongest public argument so far by anyone, Syrian or American, for the need of immediate military action against the Assad. Yes, this is a difficult option, but it is the only decent option left.
The In-laws New Strategy
While Assad’s father-in-law says that he is “horrified” by what is taking place in Syria, and that he “fears” for his daughter, the latter appeared safe and sound on CNN (http://youtu.be/_5r7s81FXfI) where she echoed her father’s sentiments (well, she was actually speaking about the situation in Gaza, but someone made an interesting edits to make sound as if she addressing the situation in Homs City). So, the Assads and their in-laws’ new strategy seems to call for shedding a few crocodile tears over the blood that they themselves have spilled. Impunity Thy Name Is Assad.
The Popular Resistance: new operations, more organization, a diversifying base
The Lions of the Wilderness Brigade affiliated with the Free Syrian Army carried out a daring raid on March 3 targeting an arms depot near the town of Maheen in the southern parts of the Homs Province. The raid was conducted by close to 300 members who managed to control the camp for over 7 hours during which they battled with local guards, killing close to 250 of them by their count and losing 6 members. They ended up loading 4 trucks with weapons and supplies and leaving by helicopter gunships arrived to wrest back control. On March 4, The Brigade distributed some of the gains to other fighting units in Damascus and Homs. The Lions of the Wilderness Brigade is based in the Qalamoun Mountain range separating Damascus and Homs. Leaders of the Brigade are currently involved in talks with other fighting units from Homs, Damascus, and Deraa over the formation of a larger resistance network to take the fight to the Assads and their loyalists.
Jabal Al-Zawiyah (Idlib): New defectors form new fighting brigade http://youtu.be/gXOxEUsec-c Also in Idlib, a unit purportedly made up only of Alawite recruits is formed under the command of Captain Salih Ali Al-Salih http://youtu.be/Jmc4VdNeJM0
In the town of Harasta (Eastern Ghoutah Region/Damascus), a joint operation by local units affiliated with FSA from different regions in Damascus left the local headquarters of Air Force Intelligence in ruins http://youtu.be/PnPNG3tRpyM
In Hama City, the night is always rife with clashes between FSA members and forces loyal to Assad http://youtu.be/PJRIEADjXwc
The death of a low-ranking Druze officer in the loyalist troops patrolling Deraa City led a few acts of retaliation against Sunni farmers in Suweida Province, the home of the Druze community in Syria. Even as they serve with the loyalists, Druze officers have often refused to take part in the ongoing crackdown, Alawite officers have been reluctant to punish them or force them to do so in order to avoid angering the Druze community. In return, Druze officers expect not to be targeted by FSA members. The death of Nash’at Aqel, blamed by some on FSA, challenged this understanding, forcing the local FSA commander, Qais Qata’neh to issue a statement denying responsibility for the murder and vowing to protect Druze soldiers http://youtu.be/9__Ycvp8exU
Elsewhere, the protesters have turned against SNC leader, Burhan Ghalioun, for his objection to arming the Free Syrian Army in a week that was dedicated to call for arms (Hama City/Aleppo Road) http://youtu.be/LSn37IsTfR8 (Hamas City/Hamidiyeh) “We don’t want Bashar nor Ghalioun, we want a leader not an agent” http://youtu.be/80NDydAlQtA (Ankhel/Deraa) Sign “the people want to oust Ghalioun from the SNC” http://youtu.be/YNK13VCL2eE
In Homs City, the neighborhoods of Karm Al-Zeitun and nearby streets come under renewed pounding http://youtu.be/02q2SneeJ4U Jib Al-Janadali http://youtu.be/1HM15B2Bj5U
Damascus/Yabroud: Assad’s tanks storm right in http://youtu.be/q593Szgkws0
Deir Ezzor/Orfi: Assad’s tanks shoot their way into town http://youtu.be/z2s0Y7S0T_U
Deraa/Ankhel: protesters throw stones at loyalists even as they come under fire http://youtu.be/CXL0klr12Kw Earlier, locals staged a funeral for one of their own http://youtu.be/RdmZjc8gQOA
Damascus/Saqba: chopper overflies the restive community http://youtu.be/RIG-TKDsdmw
And we end with Rastan, where this mother cries for the return of her dead son http://youtu.be/rZEh7RgNUKo , this little girl was target by a sniper http://youtu.be/m-FvRveMqJI
And this girl was killed a couple of days ago, a day after carrying a banner calling on the world to help the children of Homs. Syria as a whole is meeting the same fate.