Inaction is what often lies at the heart of our greatest catastrophes. But politicians often favor it, because it is easier to justify, and when the time to face the consequences comes, they can always shift the blame. There will be plenty of shifting gymnastics over the next few months and years, as things spiral out of control in Syria.
* When Syrian MPs feel free to speak out on such critical issues as the security of the country, and when they are willing to say that the country is witnessing a civil war and that the army seems incapable of prevailing, then, yes, the end is nigh.
* Yes, there are hundreds of European Jihadis now fighting in Syria, and heavens only know what they will do upon their return home. Most would probably resume their erstwhile lives, but there will always those few who would turn completely to the darkside. Why is anyone surprised? Why couldn’t European leaders foresee the easily foreseeable? And how long do they think they can protect their countries and societies from the impact of mayhem unfolding in Syria? The price if inaction will hunt us all. The Onion’s mock-editorial by Bashar Al-Assad drives the point home.
Speech of opposition leader Mouaz Al-Khatib at the recent Arab Summit in Doha, with English subtitles http://youtu.be/JnNLK82neGo
Rebels down a civilian plane as it attempted to land in Damascus International Airport claiming that it was carrying weapons from Iran to the regime. The plane crashed and burnt and the ensuing fire damaged other planes on the tarmac http://youtu.be/ebsm3DpdPwc
Rebels storm the Microbus station at the Abbasid Square at the outskirts of Damascus City. The station serves as the main public transport hub connecting Damascus and central and northern parts of the country http://youtu.be/7CcbMn3JGrs , http://youtu.be/Hsm-f6o3gvw
In the town of Al-Otaibeh, Eastern Ghoutah, rebels consolidate their hold on the town by pounding the last of the loyalist militias positions http://youtu.be/seVITfZTE-Y
To the West, loyalist pounding of the town of Zabadani intensifies http://youtu.be/exUcMlU89QI , http://youtu.be/3NI8YIY4EBU
This leaked video shows pro-Assad militia members torturing a captive from Daraa Province who remains defiant http://youtu.be/2ismcHXMKIM
Chechen and Syrian Jihadis in Aleppo Province form a new fighting brigade, Jaish Al-Muhajireen wa Al-Ansar (Army of Migrants and Supporters) http://youtu.be/1PO427sH_fs More on this development here.
In order to dispel rumors of his death, Syrian TV showed Bashar Al-Assad holding a meeting with a group of ministers in what seems to be an underground bunker due to the lack of any windows http://youtu.be/2_qLLUf5vFc Rumors of his assassination persist nonetheless, as people believe this to be old clips. Some activists produced this video clip claiming that it shows that the website of the loyalist Addounia TV briefly published a report then removed it claiming that Assad was transported to Russia for treatment http://youtu.be/TyinUAFHgYA The video could be faked of course. But this is where the conversation on social media is at.
Russian TV airs a reportage about the Shia militia, Abul Fadel Abbas, made up of Iraqis, Lebanese and Syrian recruits fighting rebels in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus City under the guise of protecting Shia shrines. Naturally, the reporters describe rebels as terrorists and portrays the militia in heroic terms http://youtu.be/T5jxhwMc7Xw