Each time he speaks he makes it clear to all that he could never be part of any solution and that he is indeed an impediment that needs to be removed. People like Assad are never more wrong and dangerous than when they are confident. And Assad was confident during his interview with the Times. Too confident. The end is nigh. His, and, for a while, Syria’s. For, irrespective of both Sunni and Alawite beliefs, Assad can never rise again, but Syria… Syria has always been a phoenix: she does not die, she transforms.
Historically speaking, Bashar Al-Assad’s confident tones have always reflected the weakness of western policies vis-à-vis his regime. So long as the West dithers, Assad, backed by Iran and Russia, will kill with impunity, while lecturing the world, and his victims, on morality and patriotism.
Robert Fisk gets it wrong, again: It’s not the West that is drawn maps this time around, it’s the Assad regime, Iran and Russia. Instead of watching what pundits are saying on Western media, Fisk should watch the events unfolding on the ground, the patterns of ethnic cleansing, Hezbollah’s involvement, the rising sectarian aspect of the entire unfolding. Robert Fisk’s orientalism is no less pronounced than that of Henri Lammens.
Opposition leader Sheikh Moaz Alkhatib pays a visit to the towns of Jarablos and Manbij in North Aleppo http://youtu.be/LKGdLOD1De8 Singing with the rebels http://youtu.be/yUDv0KWSwJg Shortly after Sheikh Alkhatib left Manbij, a Scud paid her a visit http://youtu.be/eYEQX7tI9EI
Rebels confirm the liberation of the Police Academy in Khan Al-Assal, North Aleppo http://youtu.be/fT8BSq1UgX4 Scenes from after the liberation http://youtu.be/II-5Zj2JY-s , http://youtu.be/A2DTAppexSU , http://youtu.be/ZMsfkjlwHH8 Rebels used their own tanks in the battle http://youtu.be/KPnO84V7IGs Scenes from the final clashes http://youtu.be/_TT566FweFM
Another leaked video showing the launch of a Scud missile http://youtu.be/F_uFvU3SKs8 Two Scuds fired simultaneously http://youtu.be/M0ih0HezdT0 A scud missile falls without exploding on the town of Al-Muwailih in Deir Ezzor Province http://youtu.be/gW1oVnCdoGo
Rebels wrest control of another checkpoint on the outskirts of Raqqah City http://youtu.be/fpkIAZ85-sw A tanks confiscated by rebels after taking control of the Central Prison in Raqqah http://youtu.be/WbPlMRpBxng
The battle for control of Old Homs neighborhoods intensify http://youtu.be/dbQv7zINUNg So does the bombing campaign http://youtu.be/PHZTcheA0W8 , http://youtu.be/VTiN-RNh08I The red circle in the map below point out roughly the besieged rebel strongholds. It’s been almost 18 months since the siege began.
The last clip shot by activist Jameel Omayrah in Jobar Neighborhood, Damascus, before his martyrdom http://youtu.be/4NITwK6Ae78 The nearby town of Douma gets pounded http://youtu.be/bEVBPuVijoo Searching for the dead and wounded http://youtu.be/SMyqeJOt6do
Leaders of the Free Syrians Army, including Col. Riyad Al-Ass’aad and his deputies pay a visit to the liberated village of Burj Al-Kassab in the Turkmen Mountain in North Latakia http://youtu.be/Wz3BCbdr4Gs Talking with the locals http://youtu.be/zohLcdt5mZc Making the rounds http://youtu.be/dzw7X57U_qI Rebels in Latakia treat their wounded from a recent battle http://youtu.be/ANLYaSU4Utw