Marred by violent clashes, and peppered with anti-Assad rallies, ah the holidays in Syria – so much pain, so much hope, and so much global indifference.
Why “Assad is continuing his attempts to buy the building blocks of nerve agents like sarin?” Wonders Noah Shachtman.
Simple: because his program was never as big and advanced as previously advertised. The price of maintaining a system based on loyalty to a particular family above everything else is that you end up with corrupt morons populating key positions and leading key initiatives. At its best the regime could only attract third-rate technocrats who would soon become too mired in corruption to care about doing their jobs, beyond maintaining certain appearances.
Clashes in Mahatah, Daraa City http://youtu.be/0XcKN6zAa1w In Al-Qadam, Damascus City http://youtu.be/UtLImaNhe_8 Douma, Damascus Suburbs http://youtu.be/R6hC-N8Xq3Q
In their rush to distance themselves from more extremist groups and project an image of moderation, this rebel groups dubbed itself Master Jesus’s Battalion http://youtu.be/3lBgOrQytT4
Over 400 anti-regime rallies took place throughout Syria, like this one in Jobar Neighborhood in Damascus City http://youtu.be/KA674b4kGcs Yabroud, Damascus Suburbs http://youtu.be/H3rqJVbKU9I Elbab Road, Aleppo City http://youtu.be/BiioRVPP-P0 Bouqrous, Deir Ezzor http://youtu.be/VyFhJkw4dYU Aleppo Road, Hama http://youtu.be/n1ehcFtHTkY Hilfaya, Hama http://youtu.be/HsgS25vxJoc Fatirah, Idlib http://youtu.be/fRPQohHSVH8 Kafrenbel, Idlib http://youtu.be/MBek3ZlBT_I Houleh, Homs http://youtu.be/mB-7ffb-_PE