According to some pundits, Obama’s approach to Syria is working. Indeed, if the goal is to have more daily massacres, ensure the implosion of the country into myriad warring enclaves, and encourage another generation of Middle Eastern activists to grow hating the West and feeling betrayed by it, again, at a time when they were so willing to believe that things can be different, then Obama’s strategy is working perfectly. Hail to the Chief!
While many expect the General Assembly to pass a resolution calling on Assad to step down, friends at the UN tell me that the paragraph calling on Assad to step down was actually removed following pressures from India, South Africa and Brazil, among others.
The recent decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to allow for the Syrian Support Group to gather funds on behalf of the Free Syrian Army falls strictly under the nonlethal assistance policy, so no weapons can be purchased using any funds collected by the Group.
The decision will not have much of an impact when it comes to reality on the ground for two more reasons. First, many Syrian-American are already sending funds to the FSA even without such approval, and second, Syrian-American donations will remain a drop in the bucket in comparison to what can be collected from Gulf supporters. Saudi donors just collected $100 million meant to support the Syrian rebels, following a five-day fundraising marathon.
It should be noted in this connection that reports claiming that rebels got their hands on MANPADS from external sources, have been vehemently refuted by rebel leaders on the ground.
The Obama Administration is still MIA in Syria, and although some pundits applaud that, but they seem to have a different endgame in sight where a protracted civil war in Syria and its eventual implosion may not be such a terrible development, the human cost notwithstanding.
58 people were reportedly slaughtered in a raid by pro-Assad militias in the Damascene Suburb of Jdeidet Artouz http://youtu.be/myOUBXYYHlQ , http://youtu.be/jWYNIeQWNLA , http://youtu.be/SP8s6Pda6YA , http://youtu.be/gB_X1m0CwIY A hasty funeral takes place for some of the victims http://youtu.be/_S6mN4UmesY People chant “By God, we will have our revenge, from Maher and Bashar” http://youtu.be/ltS5ZUOsYdk Burying the dead http://youtu.be/eIr1aSghZTg Earlier in the day, a tank led the assault on the suburb http://youtu.be/l24ynjD9KLg
A massacre in Yelda, Eastern Ghoutah Region, Damascus Suburbs, due to continued shelling of the town by tanks and helicopter gunships, followed by a raid by pro-Assad militias: The shelling http://youtu.be/qq4FpVV5_1E The injured http://youtu.be/dJVYMHDRyRE The dead http://youtu.be/kG1ffN0B2Tc , http://youtu.be/gLuDPmHXa6g , http://youtu.be/3FQCkww8uP4 , http://youtu.be/jO5B5tgG8MA , http://youtu.be/k7Y5yfL8rpk , http://youtu.be/bVaGFRBvmrg , http://youtu.be/55nK8ujEY_o , http://youtu.be/RbOFqGzeY0E The burial http://youtu.be/hfLIl-KSvKM
A similar massacre takes in Arbeen http://youtu.be/H3jfru2s4nM A similar development in Moadamia, Damascus Suburbs http://youtu.be/sCK-hBXc0FU
The neighborhood of Tadamon in Damascus City is pounded by heavy artillery during the day http://youtu.be/Lj-X75hG6sg and at night http://youtu.be/re9f12FrNmY
A leaked video from Adra shows pro-Assad militias gloating over dead bodies http://youtu.be/5CFVMQFHs7M
But rebels in Damascus keep forming more brigades in preparation for another round http://youtu.be/nz3sXVebcLA
A massacre takes pace in Ariha, Idlib on account of the continuing indiscriminate pounding: The dead http://youtu.be/LRtvD35VDf8 , http://youtu.be/zzU1Kz8ND8o , http://youtu.be/57tT6pX8ddk , http://youtu.be/uS2oWlpPQTQ , http://youtu.be/RFr46y88h4g , http://youtu.be/aV83MV6xzeY , http://youtu.be/NcTn2qgDCys , http://youtu.be/4KUygh1xUA8 The wounded http://youtu.be/zhVqTwV3Hq4 , http://youtu.be/1GDkdexSlx4 , http://youtu.be/iUYV66wg-NQ , http://youtu.be/74V9yVip_vg
Due to the shutting down of internet and communication services in Aleppo City, fewer videos made it out of the city, but shelling was reported in Salaheddine, Kallaseh, and Al-Sukkari neighborhoods.
Salaheddine, Aleppo City: The indiscriminate shelling continues http://youtu.be/1ylmmFnvhMs , http://youtu.be/GQH41BWLL2U , http://youtu.be/_xxo1xLkSxs
Rebels ransack the home of the Zeino Birri, the Shabbiha commander killed yesterday http://youtu.be/HnvxjGyiTlA
A family of six, including three children, was killed when a house was hit by mortar round in Ibbeen, Aleppo Province http://youtu.be/VrLTVOgyPVk , http://youtu.be/fcuIoFCHIyk
A helicopter gunship drops heavy bombs on the town of Taybah http://youtu.be/cuzLwE9fibQ , http://youtu.be/nJsp7VrPij8 , http://youtu.be/cuzLwE9fibQ
The pounding of old neighborhoods in Homs City continues http://youtu.be/7l44LgIq-sY , http://youtu.be/RO5hXLbdbUU
Videos captured 2 weeks ago during a brief incursion into the Central Prison in Homs City by few local activists, shortly after a prison riot http://youtu.be/rXrxxqk05NI , http://youtu.be/cYru_M8RADU , http://youtu.be/pvk8zRKieCw , http://youtu.be/lDbXZgIudW4
The pounding of Rastan continues http://youtu.be/mhal_ieCrh0
In Qusayr, destruction http://youtu.be/Yw_Jy2XcX60 martyrdom http://youtu.be/-Qi86p6ZU7Q and hasty goodbyes http://youtu.be/1rPz3CEcx5Q
The pounding of Deir Ezzor City continues http://youtu.be/nGeW1_uj1es
In Albou Kamal, the local FSA unit builds and tests an IED device http://youtu.be/YBxpZSYxwxA and takes control of a tank http://youtu.be/zZ3au4lc1XA
Local rebels take over the recently abandoned police checkpoint of Abteen, Raqqah Province http://youtu.be/cotI0Qln1yQ