When our people demonstrated peacefully, they were shot at by snipers and attacked with tanks, when they finally began fighting back, they were pounded with heavy artillery and helicopters, when armed fighters withdrew from towns and cities after they ran out of ammunition, pro-Assad militias went in and perpetrated massacres, and yet, and yet, somehow, the resistance continues, and the revolution spreads. With light weapons, and little help from the outside world, the Syrian popular resistance is taking on a criminal consortium that stretches from Russia and China to Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. Add in Venezuela and Belarus for good measure. We don’t plan on being defeated, and we’re no longer waiting for help. While geopolitical imperatives continue to trump the moral ones in policy circles around the world, the only thing that counts for us is staying the course, bitter be the end or sweet. Backing down is a breaking of our spirit, something we cannot live with anymore. We've been there, we’ve done that, and it didn’t feel right. So we rebelled. And that’s that.
Thursday June 14, 2012
Death tolls: 78. The Breakdown: 28 in Damascus, 19 in Homs, 13 in Daraa, 5 in Lattakia, 4 in Deir Ezzor, 2 in each of Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Hassakeh, and 1 in Raqqah.
9 of the dead in Damascus were executed in the town of Hammourieh by pro-Assad militias. Some were shot, others had their throats slit http://youtu.be/sneRJRxdkPM , http://youtu.be/eZPRDvD4aig , http://youtu.be/ZW1AbTgeR5s , http://youtu.be/UM3bi9kY-RQ
The nearby towns of Misraba, Douma and Harasta continue to be targets for shelling. The Pounding of Douma http://youtu.be/x8vJTL0zM8w , http://youtu.be/lF7IR6o0qVc , http://youtu.be/HEavVTlAcAw Tanks Storm In http://youtu.be/opZ3BOZQ6E8 The Martyrs of Douma http://youtu.be/9ER_MwSnVsg , http://youtu.be/SDWbYe0-b7Q , http://youtu.be/epdueD2Erdg , http://youtu.be/cFJBnj10VBo , http://youtu.be/yjIkJYY4a54 , http://youtu.be/wb8hHmwD8Z4 , http://youtu.be/AIxLUdGmtrQ , http://youtu.be/oUVMdGx4-mM , http://youtu.be/1dhex7OaUFs , http://youtu.be/K1C_Nhnyu7o , http://youtu.be/JIy77Dogpkc Impact of Pounding In Douma http://youtu.be/3cjYqwNqK-c Snipers in Action http://youtu.be/vca-mDQI2yU The Pounding of Misraba http://youtu.be/rYSqAH4vTaM
The town of Anadan in Aleppo is undergoing intense pounding http://youtu.be/dsHNK_9YKn0 , http://youtu.be/fnlrPGoHv-k Pro-Assad militias put fire to the crops http://youtu.be/f_VcAjXGvZU
In Daraa Province, 5 were killed in the pounding the town of Heet and many were injured in the pounding of the town of Nasseef near the border with Jordan. The Martyrs of Heet http://youtu.be/ira5mlvT95E , http://youtu.be/hEv8C5YyolU Impromptu funeral http://youtu.be/-ERpc5D-DBU
Meanwhile, Jordanian authorities continue to deny entry through its airport to Syrians trying to get to Amman. Refugees in Jordanian camps complain of restrictions on their movement, and of poor living conditions.
And of course the pounding of Homs City continues http://youtu.be/MSt1XztpbvI , http://youtu.be/tS4RASfYCH0 , http://youtu.be/WGN_tJCZO9A , http://youtu.be/0cPOWR3jcI4 And Talbisseh http://youtu.be/GRs5xP0KLtc , http://youtu.be/hTq0YqqVM1Q And Rastan http://youtu.be/NJyWT_9H4LY , http://youtu.be/Gy7rhjtdBlU , http://youtu.be/M71DEESe5Ds Martyrs http://youtu.be/W7Flh5qiF4A , http://youtu.be/zH5NOzxkdTc
'Stench of dead bodies' in Syria's al Haffe (My Comment: No bodies were found, because they were all taken by pro-Assad militias to hid traces of their crime. We will not know the full extent of the massacre that took place for a while to come.)
The overnight barrage from nearby hills followed the withdrawal of hundreds of troops backed by tanks that had entered the city on Wednesday to root out rebels, the sources said. About 200 people were wounded in the shelling, they said.
Op-Eds & Special Reports
The creation of safe havens will save civilian lives and reduce the influence of Islamists in the Syrian opposition. It will show the Syrian elite that the Assad regime is finished. And it will end Putin’s perverse free ride.
Syrian opposition activists tell me that the Russian Embassy in Washington has scheduled several meetings with different factions of the external opposition. "The Russians offer power-sharing with Assad," says a leading Syrian human-rights and pro-democracy activist, Ammar Abdulhamid. "They want to push the opposition to talk to the regime." Abdulhamid said Russian Embassy officials "told opposition activists: 'The Americans won't help you. You had better come to us.' "Syrian activists regard the Russian proposals as a mere face-saver for Assad. Indeed, the Kremlin firmly believes the Assad regime can survive the current upheavals.
Feigning concern? The US has expressed its distress over Moscow’s continuing to supply Syria with attack helicopters.
Syrian oppositionist Ammar Abdul- Hamid and the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, for example, first detailed the use of attack helicopters against civilian protesters in Syria on June 15, 2011.
In Syria, life goes on despite violence (A report on daily life in Al-Qusayr, Homs Province)
Sign this petition by Amnesty International: “Stop the Assault on Syria's Civilians”
Videos from my participation at “From glasnost to the Arab Spring: the moral foundation of anti-authoritarian revolutions,” an 1-day conference organized by the American Enterprise Institute, on June 13, 2012 Unity of Expectations http://bcove.me/wh9zrder Death but not Humiliation http://bcove.me/hixtkf0p Entire Panel http://bcove.me/hixtkf0p
It should be borne in mind that the peaceful pro-democracy rallies continue throughout the country, despite my inability to keep reporting them.
Damascus: Kafar Sousseh http://youtu.be/FJOPs0P461Q Daraya http://youtu.be/ss1TPAt5eTs Jobar http://youtu.be/wRhAeR4avy4
Deir Ezzor City: funeral http://youtu.be/wmvcgtFg6sE
Hassakeh: Malkiyeh http://youtu.be/gDI8P45SmR0 Qamishlo http://youtu.be/gHG_Bg03STk Dirbassiyeh http://youtu.be/mX9NPmgmVS0
Daraa: Daraa City (funeral) http://youtu.be/qPQPDjhLL0o
Hama: Karnaz http://youtu.be/m6lYY-2iR-U
Homs City: Wa’er (funeral) http://youtu.be/hdQfrGqp6PM