Monday, July 16, 2012

No Mincing Words: It’s Ethnic Cleansing!

It’s a massacre. No, it’s a firefight. They used helicopter gunships. No, they didn’t… But the real story is simple and the patterns are clear: it’s ethnic cleansing and it’s taking place over a wide swath of territory in central Syria. Tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships are being used, while the intended victims have only light weapons and limited munitions at their disposal as they try to resist. But for those who still doubt that it’s all about ethnic cleansing. Perhaps this report and the attached map produced by BBC mapping the major instances of violence since the beginning of the Revolution can help change their perspective. Even the Arab League chief now agrees that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Syria.   

Sunday July 15, 2012

Today’s Death toll:  81. The Breakdown: 18 in Damascus, 16 in Homs, 15 in Deir Ezzor, 10 in Aleppo, 7 in Idilb, 5 in Daraa, 3 in Hama, 3 IN Hassakeh, 1 in Suweida and 1 in Quneitrah.

News


New Account of Syria Killings New evidence on last week's killings in a village in central Syria suggests the bloodshed followed a raid by government forces to arrest male rebels, rather than a deliberate massacre of around 200 civilians as some Syrian opposition leaders and their Western allies first reported.
Syrian townspeople describe government shelling Residents of Treimseh tell U.N. investigators that their town was shelled and suspected rebels were apparently executed, contradicting the official account.
Syria crisis: What happened in Tremseh? • UN: evidence points to battle between fighters and troops • Locals: Troops "shot at anything moving" • Government: No heavy weaponry was used • Red Cross: This is now a civil war



Op-Eds & Special Reports

Comment: If anyone still doubts that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Syria, check out this report by BBC and the map included showing patterns of the major incidents that took place since the beginning of the revolution: Syria: The violence mapped


If people are fighting back to defend themselves, then it’s a firefight not a massacre and the victims will have brought it upon themselves by bringing light weapons to a showdown featuring tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships.

If people fight back, then it’s a civil war. But if they don’t fight back, then they will likely be killed, in which case they can have the world’s sympathy and retain the moral high ground.

I say: the moral high ground be damned! Fight back.

Video Highlights

Rastan, Homs Province: A family is trapped under the rubble of their home, 5 children die http://youtu.be/m78zBTkMGCM Meanwhile, another member of the Tlass family, Bashar Tlass, a major from the 4th Division, announces his defection http://youtu.be/nzKavZZoMno But the pounding continues http://youtu.be/jGzieIdYVsE , http://youtu.be/5zkOH5V1l_8 From the sky http://youtu.be/nWC8Wp3lXV8

Salqeen, Idlib Province: local resistance use a car bomb to blow up a checkpoint from which tanks keep pounding their town http://youtu.be/Cz1RqZrQXw8 Elsewhere in town, the resistance destroy a tank and clash with loyalist militias http://youtu.be/zyGrxrsdC3g The resistance patrol the streets of the city http://youtu.be/L6bq-1io1Ns Rescuing wounded http://youtu.be/KT30YI-9va4 But other parts of town still come until sporadic pounding http://youtu.be/uvE1NszSO2o

Tanks laying siege to Treimseh, Hama, as UN monitors pay another visit http://youtu.be/QMrCFPPDgEc

Old Homs: some snipers are revolutionaries, and their targets are pro-Assad troops patrolling the relics that used to be their neighborhoods http://youtu.be/nI1nnKrmVXI It’s this kind of incidents that make the situation in Syria a civil war, and that calls for launching a major peacekeeping operation.

A video from the battle in Damascus City: Tadamon http://youtu.be/487RhQnasak Shortly after, the battle intensifies as the tanks move in an the suburb is pounded http://youtu.be/mmzLtSxKOI0 The pounding leaves several buildings on fire http://youtu.be/walLOGqB9pQ Black smoke could be seen rising above the neighborhood from downtown Damascus http://youtu.be/miCSnMD9PdY , http://youtu.be/7qv9l8oFRKY

People in nearby Daf Al-Shawk come under fire when they rally in support of Tadamon http://youtu.be/xezUEzpF-1g Clashes last until the evening http://youtu.be/T_rAqFyMLr0 In Qadam, locals clash with pro-Assad militias and burn tires in the streets http://youtu.be/zrly3k0ReI0  Locals in nearby Yarmouk Camp close their shops and hurry home in panic that the pounding might touch their neighborhood as well http://youtu.be/vLYX6mTqxjA Tanks patrol the nearby suburb of Saqba http://youtu.be/KYFg6_Xd600

In Khalid Bin Al-Walid Street in downtown Damascus, young activists interrupted traffic by burning tires in protest of the poudnding of Tadamon http://youtu.be/SpVVyRNXxo4

In Marei, Aleppo, local resistance tests an anti-aircraft battery that they managed to acquire after a raid on a local checkpoint http://youtu.be/alsyJh3iF6s Similar batteries are often used to pound the city. In fact, the city came under such pounding today http://youtu.be/Ev8pUjI8YQM

Elsewhere in Aleppo Province, the local resistance takes control of a loyalist position http://youtu.be/XhjkcGWd-rc The clashes http://youtu.be/NAcCL_ou1M0 Firing at the checkpoint from nearby buildings http://youtu.be/MXy4hWVvPIU , http://youtu.be/WEOUTmBwpPE

The pounding of Al-Akrad Mountain region in Lattakia Province, continues: Al-Ghanimah http://youtu.be/GkmWc7GCAeg

The pounding of Al-Qusayr, Homs Province, continues http://youtu.be/dguAvzB50a0 The pounding of Talbisseh continues http://youtu.be/gA-pdQDGM78

The pounding of Old Homs continues: Jobar http://youtu.be/ADhflshrtKw Jouret Al-Shayah http://youtu.be/YtnO-cV06Tc

Daraa City continues to come under sporadic pounding http://youtu.be/SJ_gaVKuXLw , http://youtu.be/GtjkjpAB_zM

Elsewhere in Daraa Province, members of local resistance are training themselves http://youtu.be/XhjkcGWd-rc In Al-Jizeh, the local resistance clash with pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/2dpayXNnAm8

In Deir Ezzor City, the pounding is beginning to resemble what is taking place in Old Homs: Al-Oummal http://youtu.be/6_15BOSEypI , http://youtu.be/MzbYgdTX5os , http://youtu.be/93pI3dEdlVU Rasafeh http://youtu.be/wXD78oQUxtY Tanks patrol and pound their way into neighborhoods http://youtu.be/1CYfuVbmBvg

In Arba’een Neighborhood, Hama City: pro-Assad militias patrolling the neighborhood http://youtu.be/ut4YG60AwH0 But soon the tanks is targeted by local resistance http://youtu.be/MZX0ShmZpOU