For all the talk about prevention, the actions of world leaders towards the tragic developments in Syria reflect more a deep-seated belief in the inevitable than the preventable. Thirty thousand innocent people have been killed and millions made homeless because no one had the courage to challenge an assumption, and a callous prophecy was thus allowed to fulfill itself.
Today’s article in the New York Times purports to offer a glimpse of Syria’s future, it may very well be right. The problem it fails to mention how Assad worked hard to get us to this point, and how he was aided in his endeavor by international dithering. Since the beginning, many Syrian activists and dissidents have read through Assad’s obvious strategy and have called for early international intervention to help prevent this devolution. No one listened. Now the nightmare is unfolding. Assad can rejoice, so can all those who bet on the fragmentation of Syria.
In the village of Al-Bouaydah Al-Sharqiyah, Homs, doctors operated on a dying pregnant woman hit by a nipper in an attempt to save her fetus, but he was born dead to join his mother http://youtu.be/zP_p7ErNmuM
Brig. Gen. Mustafa Al-Shaikh, leader of the High Military Council, inspects the living conditions of refugees along the Syrian-Turkish borders. Turkey decided to close its borders to stop the influx of refugees leaving people stranded in no man’s land and subject to shelling by regime forces http://youtu.be/bDLdhWTxRP4
Rebels down a MIG in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh, killing the pilot. Leader of the Syria Martyrs Brigades in Jabal Al-Zawiyeh, Jamal Maarouf introduces us to the scene: http://youtu.be/DMJSpCaA4Po The first few moments http://youtu.be/7kquGass0l0
Damascus: the summary executions continue: Tadamon http://youtu.be/jeyqB11NdOo Douma finding badly decomposed bodies http://youtu.be/AwwMfec3Hjo, http://youtu.be/zsmO2OztXxo , http://youtu.be/hQn4CA3l9vY Moadamiyeh http://youtu.be/6M7BTBGGIt8 , http://youtu.be/T6OVX0RrBks , http://youtu.be/dbc3OGP0UMg
In Hama, a new massacre takes place in Al-Fan Al-Shimali http://youtu.be/UuY5Qq2C2Ks , http://youtu.be/DMBsjQNurWI
In Aleppo City, locals pick up the dead from the streets of Hanano Neighborhood http://youtu.be/W4k3whPQWGw Elsewhere, in Daher Awwad, buildings catch fire on account of pounding by MIGs http://youtu.be/XxrQn-cHts4
In Idlib, the pounding of restive towns continues: Kafrenbel http://youtu.be/E6yqkZ-BD0o