Even if a thousand Al-Qaedas end up emerging in Syria, Western inaction will never be justified, forgotten, or forgiven. As the rest of the world chooses to develop a convenient case of amnesia regarding how things got started, we cannot and will not. We will forever remember the long months when our people protested peacefully, even as they faced tanks and heavy artillery, and how their pleas for help were ignored. We will forever remember how our repeated warnings that things cannot hold for long, that conditions were growing increasingly dire and that our people were getting increasingly desperate, went unheeded. The memory of this indifference will sink into our collective unconscious and will shape our world of view for decades to come. To be betrayed in such manner in the age of R2P and “never again” and by the very keepers of the global order is probably the biggest crime of all. If a staunchly westernized liberal can feel this way, how do you think the rest of Syrians feel? With chemical weapons now being used, while the dithering continues, we shouldn’t be surprised if their feelings proved to be slightly more radical than mine.
In Daraa City, pro-regime militias destroyed the minaret of the historic Al-Omari Mosque http://youtu.be/7jd4QNsgl7I , http://youtu.be/S-SINuTZsV4 Close-up look http://youtu.be/ZWetD09OFWw
Using missile launchers hidden in between houses in the older parts of Mazzeh, the regime pounds rebel strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus http://youtu.be/rjohkkex0AA including the town of Moadamiyah http://youtu.be/m9OD_6ZIDbE Moadamiyah was also targeted by heavy artillery http://youtu.be/QMMbBxyCp0g and fighter jets http://youtu.be/kE81_G4v63g
In the neighborhood of Jobar in Damascus City, the pounding http://youtu.be/IGyYHqLrtdA leaves many dead in the streets http://youtu.be/zfeL67RcEZY the southern neighborhoods of Al-Qadam, Yarmouk and Tadamon were also targeted http://youtu.be/irO7wiMdkYA , http://youtu.be/ErgqifnSMS4 , http://youtu.be/PWxh35P1tzw
The suburb of Sbeineh in Eastern Ghoutah was targeted by fighter jets http://youtu.be/SfwyluhHY8w
Fighter jets pound the town of Saraqib in Idlib http://youtu.be/1ZYg49wmFLY , http://youtu.be/8lehnwCI2io