Russia’s Foreign Minister says Assad insists on staying in power. Indeed, Assad underscored his determination today by having his militias perpetrate a new massacre against 220 residents of Deir Baalbah. Meanwhile, the self-appointed "heroes" and “guardians” of the revolution, the brave men of Jabhat Al-Nusra were busy fighting against immorality in Aleppo City by emptying Arak bottles into the drains of history, the same drains where their ideas will follow one day. As for Russian officials, it is about time they learned some necessary humility and began coping with blowbacks stemming from their idiotic and murderous policies in our region. While so many leftwing and Islamist pundits keep focusing on America’s alleged role in our misery, it is Russia’s all too real role that is now coming into sharp focus. In fact, it is insisting on Assad’s staying in power and backing that up with weapons and vetoes that has cost us so many lives.
To make things clear, leader of the Syrian National Coalition (abbreviated as SOC: Syrian Opposition Coalition, to distinguish it from its predecessor: the Syrian National Council), Moaz Alkhatib, did not reject the Russian government invitation to Moscow outright, he simply laid certain conditions, including: Russian government should offer an apology to the Syrian people for standing by Assad for so long, the Russian government should recognize SOC, and the initial meeting should take place in an Arab country.
To the Russians, this reply smacked of a political lack of experience, but to the Syrians, Alkhatib’s primary audience, this was exactly what they needed to hear. Alkhatib follow up to Moscow’s criticism connected him even more to the larger grassroots and further legitimated his position as a leader. Perhaps, it should be Alkhatib himself who should lead the transitional government as well. Too many changes at the helm of the opposition will only confuse people, and Alkhatib is steadily showing that he can connect to the grassroots. Mr. Alkhatib is himself a technocrat (a chemical engineer) and is such he should be capable of leading a technocratic transitional government.
As for Russian officials, it is about time they learned some necessary humility and began coping with blowbacks stemming from their idiotic and murderous policies in our region. While so many leftwing and Islamist pundits keep focusing on America’s alleged role in our misery, it is Russia’s all too real role that is now coming into sharp focus. In fact, it is insisting on Assad’s staying in power and backing that up with weapons and vetoes that has cost us so many lives.
First video from Deir Baalbah, site of a new massacre by pro-Assad militias that claimed the lives of over 22o people by early counts http://youtu.be/n-Paele3-uc With the assault in Deir Baalbah, the encirclement of restive neighborhoods of Old Homs is now complete, pro-Assad militias intensify the pounding: Khaldiyeh http://youtu.be/r-V3vSF_pqA , http://youtu.be/v0lqXHXxris , http://youtu.be/69qttG3EWsw , http://youtu.be/zcg_ayHb1hg
Aerial attack on Nashabiyeh in Damascus leaves many dead http://youtu.be/8Voay4emp80 , http://youtu.be/TfZhMjDHhLo A similar attack on Douma leaves many dead as well, including children http://youtu.be/XAj7IMfj54g The raid on Douma http://youtu.be/r1gwEUTe0s0 The suburb of Saqba was also targeted among other communities of Eastern Ghoutah http://youtu.be/hP7_mHQ2CLI The town of Yabroud to the north, also comes under attack http://youtu.be/IedIIG8-Lgk
Rebels strike the Damascus International Airport with homemade rockets http://youtu.be/NEYczLkAjpA
In Aizaz, Aleppo, locals pull the body of a dead boy from under the rubble in the aftermath of an aerial raid http://youtu.be/Lr0IDDs1-_w The attack http://youtu.be/qoOy0aK2Yt8
In Aleppo City, rebels try to take down a helicopter http://youtu.be/Ckqhz0sYj9I