As 2012 draws to a close, Syria makes soccer history and a historic exit out of the list of viable states. The Mayans might have been right in her case at least. But the Syrian people have nowhere to go: they will outlive both the regime and the state. Whatever happened during the course of this revolution, and whatever happens next, we will learn from it, and we will be all the better for it, as human beings, because the moment we chose to shed our fear, we stopped being zombies, and we became capable of learning again, capable of improving ourselves, and our lot. Herein our real victory. No Scud can take that away.
A demonstration in Boustan Al-Qasr Neighborhood in Aleppo city serves to illustrate the growing divide between secularist and Islamist groups on the ground, as well as popular outcry against the behavior of rebels in their areas. According some accounts, secularist demonstrators chanted “God, Syria, Freedom and nothing more,” while Islamist demonstrators chanted in support of Sharia. Secularists then chanted against all armies saying “All armies are thieves: the regular [loyal to Assad], the free [Free Syrian Army], and the Islamic.” At that point, Islamic rebels, some of whom affiliated with Jabhat Al-Nusra, fired in the air to disperse the crowd and tried to arrest the activists with cameras to prevent the story from getting out, but people rallied around them and managed to save them.
The clips we managed to find so far do not show any of the slogans mentioned earlier, but the black flags of Islamists were conspicuously absent http://youtu.be/XpBVH9M3WuQ , http://youtu.be/nCD8ymMep8A Then, this clip shows when the shooting began http://youtu.be/fw-rhLqQDvc Then, we have this clip showing a rebel firing at a sniper’s position http://youtu.be/5FjSC2BIKiw
Videos leaked by a recent defector document the launching of Scud missiles from a base in Damascus in the direction of Aleppo http://youtu.be/Oz_f8-M0hAk
Rebels in Damascus managed to secure the defection of over 200 soldiers from the loyalist army taking part in defending the Damascus International Airport http://youtu.be/pibD5xNSDfg
The pounding of Daraya, Damascus, with missile launchers continue http://youtu.be/wtnVnpMWDkM
Dozens of rallies took place throughout Syria today, like this one in Jobar, Damascus City, http://youtu.be/UrBRVEqWfCc and this one in Sha’ar, Aleppo City http://youtu.be/piKMGWOqPOY Sheikh Hamid, Hama City http://youtu.be/rg9WBY1RXeM Menbej, Aleppo http://youtu.be/90JOwd8jN-s Kafrenbel, Idlib http://youtu.be/IwDmlBGVpDU