In the first major battle of Cold War II, Russia and its allies (the Assad regime, China, Iran, Belarus, Venezuela, etc.) are winning, so far. Forget about killing Bin Laden and ousting Qaddafi, if Obama loses Syria, that and the regional chaos that will ensue will be what he is remembered for. If Obama’s strategy is to wait for November, the battle might just be lost by then, and his legacy set in blood and stone.
Sunday June 17, 2012
Death tolls: 60. The Breakdown: 17 in Homs, 18 in Damascus (15 in Suburbs and 3 in City), 11 in Hama, 5 in Deir Ezzor, 5 in Daraa, 4 in Aleppo.
Associated Press journalist wounded in Syria
Op-Eds & Special Reports
Group of Tel Aviv Arabs post Anti-Assad signs in Nazareth: But Israeli Arabs remain deeply split over events in Syria.
The rebels risked a great deal in allowing journalists to embed with them, but they needed to get their message out, not through the opposition “leaders” in London, and in answer to the regime’s version of events. Commander al Sheikh told Shelton, “We want the people of the world to understand us as people, to see our revolution from a human prospective. The Syrian people cannot turn back. We must fight until victory.”
Qudsaya, West Damascus: the impact of shelling by pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/Agn9qsreFTA , http://youtu.be/TgfOGvYQSkg Buildings catch fire http://youtu.be/6X234GKD2xo
Zabadani, West Damascus: playing cat-and-mouth with snipers http://youtu.be/Yjbzi6jAQy8
Douma, East Damascus: buildings catch fire due to shelling http://youtu.be/439C6HMQ4g8 Martyrs http://youtu.be/SJ4tbVaCzRE The pounding resumes at night http://youtu.be/wNhHQoZPreY
Dmeir, East Damascus: locals leaving the town at night to escape the shelling http://youtu.be/OpzmCM3mySU
Talbisseh, Homs: treating victims of the shelling http://youtu.be/8Tx3EOMim0k , http://youtu.be/ULzlgawK6gE Martyrs http://youtu.be/e_XLnzh5D5Q The pounding http://youtu.be/ROozcTOfJNU , http://youtu.be/FKcfowlMdoc , http://youtu.be/oFHlpAWEaW0 , http://youtu.be/nKNOHZ3SqDg , http://youtu.be/Drd1forE2AU
Rastan, Homs: a child martyr http://youtu.be/EH40I07gJlQ Martyrs http://youtu.be/vR1cgbITI5I The cemetery is pounded even as people try to bury their dead http://youtu.be/S20e3lCOc2Q The pounding continues http://youtu.be/HFnjOYeFL7E
Houla, Homs: pro-Assad militias set houses on fire http://youtu.be/KtMHHWr69CU At night, the pounding resumes http://youtu.be/7dQV5jtRs2g
Homs City: the pounding continues http://youtu.be/jGng_BX1-Ig , http://youtu.be/jty5H6PcJ3E , http://youtu.be/zOWGSJuBQAI
Bou Leil, Deir Ezzor: martyrs http://youtu.be/GDyLvNPv9PU , http://youtu.be/r6hTiERlUvI , http://youtu.be/FQeVxN3YjkU
The real thing can be seen in action here: (Karak, Daraa Province), but it’s been used all over the country, as I have been documenting over the last few weeks