Thursday, March 8, 2012


The hearts of world leaders are with us without a doubt, but we prefer their guns, for in the fight against the likes of Assad, only guns can make a difference. We learned this lesson the hard way.

Wednesday March 7, 2012

Tuesday: death toll stood at 42. The pounding of Old Homs continued. In Madaya, inhabitants held a funeral for 8 locals who were kidnapped and killed by militias loyal to Assad.

Also on Tuesday, President Obama described the situation in Syria as “heartbreaking,” but refused to un-break our hearts with pledge of military intervention.

Wednesday: 80. The dead included members of 4 families slaughtered by knives.

Deputy Minister of Petroleum, Abdo Husaameddine, becomes the highest ranking civilian to defect from the Assad regime, declares support to the SNC and FSA and admonishes Alawites to stand up against the regime.

Op-Eds & Special Reports
“There is probably a boy somewhere in Syria now, a teenager like both of us were 20 years ago, huddling in a dark basement, hungry and paralyzed with fear, waiting for the fatal knock at the door before he is taken out to a football stadium or school building with hundreds of others, to be “selected” -- made to watch others being killed and in the end being killed himself. All his hopes and aspirations buried under the rubble, bulldozed together with the dreams of an entire generation of Syrians, in the same manner our friends and family had been two decades ago on the orders of Radovan Karadžić and Slobodan Milošević.”

I don’t want the U.S. to become the policeman of the world, but I also cannot live in a world without a policeman. The situation in Syria requires policing. Should the U.S. move now, there is enough goodwill to be cultivated. Let’s not wait until this becomes a thankless mission, but one which the U.S. has to do anyway.  


Impact of pounding in Old Homs , Gunfire in Wadi Arab and Bab Tadmor Jub Al-Jandali: impact of pounding , Khaldiyeh: a funeral Sounds of nighttime pounding

More Alawite defectors in Idlib Province

Damascus/Eastern Ghoutah: sounds of nighttime clashes between loyalists and the local resistance Military plane flies over the region during the day to survey the territory

Deir Ezzor City: the remains of a 12 year old boy