The Obama Administration needs to explain in clear terms and soon its decision to declare Jabhat Al-Nusra as a terrorist group at this particular juncture. Despite being critical of Al-Nusra themselves, too many rebels and activists see in this move an attempt at quashing the armed struggle in favor of a political solution that would accommodate the interests of all and sundry, except those of the revolutionaries. But it’s not only this decision that seems problematic to the revolutionaries, it’s the entire about-face that the Obama Administration did in its stance on the Syrian Revolution that remains unexplained and, hence, subject to misunderstandings. The desire to be so involved in steering the process at this stage is being interpreted as an attempt at appropriating the advances recently made by rebels in order to retain some influence over them after the fall of Assad. While this might come as an oversimplification, as well as a misreading of the facts on the ground, it represents an ethos that is too widespread to be ignored. It’s time for some justifications: why has President Obama been so late in coming to the fore, and what endgame in Syria is he really seeking? It’s not enough to have Ambassador Ford explain Obama’s point-of-view to the opposition. It’s the Syrian people who need to be openly addressed by the Man himself.
Following up on yesterday’s post, the regime continues to pursue a line of action that seems designed to allow it to use chemical weapons while blaming the rebels for it. Today, the regime tells the U.N. that it fears it will be framed for using chemical weapons. So, now we have a video purporting to show rebels experimenting with chemical weapons, and threatening to use them to wipe out the Alawites, and a public protestation designed to build an alternate theory of the would-be crime. Things do not augur well indeed.
This leaked video shows the storming of the Army Headquarters in Damascus that took place on September 26, 2012 http://youtu.be/OY6Dhg14_tY. The car that was brought into the compound was later detonated, and all the Jihadi elements were killed during the ensuing gun battles. The clip was made by a loyalist officer using his mobile phone to capture the video he was watching on a laptop. The original video was taken by security cameras of the compound. The officer was captured by rebels during recent clashes around Damascus.
An incendiary bomb lands in the town of Aqraba, Damascus, sending people scurrying in all directions thinking it was a chemical weapon http://youtu.be/HQhnktKuoHY People are convinced that Assad will be using chemical weapons against them.
A clip showing a reported WMDs storage facility In Mazzeh District on the periphery of Damascus City http://youtu.be/3uG3kPfji1o
A missile launcher recently won by rebels in Damascus suburbs http://youtu.be/l4iXhFOhK7g
But the pounding of restive suburbs in Damascus continues: Yelda http://youtu.be/8tFiZdPmyNg , http://youtu.be/Bw80zvMa0WM Daraya http://youtu.be/fLJp3KMZxac Zabadani http://youtu.be/WQGgba43row Douma http://youtu.be/7QV61yTJ7fg , http://youtu.be/sk6853KeKRM , http://youtu.be/FRLTHfQ2rrU
Violent clashes take place in Harasta, Damascus http://youtu.be/YNlkGbFrFrg , http://youtu.be/hGanJF3kPXQ , http://youtu.be/wMOp1a42lcs , http://youtu.be/FNvtCkFppXU , http://youtu.be/DyEgPvyH2j8
Sounds of clashes in Salhiyeh Neighborhood in Damascus City http://youtu.be/f2lSYNiWdJU
Rebels in Aleppo showcase their gains from their takeover of the military base of Sheikh Sulaiman http://youtu.be/8kckmjjrCKg