As the UNmonitoring of Assad’s mass atrocities proceeds as UNplanned, and President Obama’s Atrocities Prevention Board convenes, the Assads continue to lovingly amass atrocities, as Russia’s arms-peddling Oligarchs sing and Iran’s rageaholics Mullas dance.
Assad’s Plan A
Nuancing my take on Assad’s Plan A (Plan B, namely, the creation of an Alawite state, remains as the fallback plan), it seems that Assad is trying to retake major urban centers by driving away the restive population through ethnic cleansing carried out by indiscriminate pounding of residential neighborhoods. The rational seems to be that Guerilla warfare in the countryside will not acquire too much domestic or international notice, and that in due course of time, it could be snuffed out by attrition. Meanwhile, leaderless displaced population will be too busy fighting for the basics to cause too much problems.
What is aiding the Assad in implementing his plan is the lack of any international support to the local resistance networks.
In Homs City, most of the plan has already been accomplished as Al-Jazzerah reports highlights below. The plan has long been carried out in Jisr Ashoughour in Idlib Province as well.
Now, Assad’s attention seems to have shifted back to Hama City, one day following the visit of UN monitors.
In this light, the recent “liberation” of most of Rural Deir Ezzor, may not mean as much to the Assads as their inability to control the city of Deir Ezzor itself.
Monitoring the UN Monitors
The UN monitors who visited the town of Zabadani, Damascus Province, do not seem to be “impressed” with the signs of damage wrought by pounding that they locals showed them. At least, this is what the activist who prepared this report says. In it, we hear the UN monitor says that the damage he inspected looks more like normal degradation than impact of pounding http://youtu.be/nCuZKDd5WvE Pro-regime networks escorted the monitors on their visit, we can one of them in the report trying to hide the logo on his microphone. The visit, we are told, lasted for less than an hour. The monitors refused to take the reports prepared by local activists on loyalist checkpoints and crimes, so they burnt tem in protest after their departure.
In Douma, Damascus Province, locals stage mass rally to celebrate the arrival of the UN monitors as they chant “the people want to topple the regime” and “Death over Humiliation” http://youtu.be/xR-szNIhmFE The monitors arrive http://youtu.be/JqwyTal5vRs “The people want to arm the FSA” http://youtu.be/7E0aWsHjQhU
Other video Highlights
In Damascus City, protesters in Naher Eisheh block the nearby highway with burning tires and come under fire http://youtu.be/te0xX5hxhAM This has become a usually nightly routine in many neighborhoods across the city.
In Homs City, locals are forced to use the old wire trick to help rescue the injured from sniper attacks http://youtu.be/YmthOEV70Cc
In the town of Jarjanaz, Idlib Province, a tank shell landed on a house killing 17 locals http://youtu.be/nYR2xsqC7rc , http://youtu.be/8EXMm-7QmQ0