While some seem to have perfected the art of killing with impunity, others are busy perfecting the art of watching them with impunity. Ours is the Golden Age of Impunity.
My take on the recent exchange between head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (the Islamic Republic of Iraq), Abu Bakr Al-Bahgdadi, and Abu Muhammad Al-Jolani, head of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria Jabhat Al-Nusra.
As Jabhat Al-Nusra looks to consolidate its hold on Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces, Al-Baghdadi feels that he is being left out. He makes his announcement referring to Al-Nusra as an extention of his group to put Al-Jolani in place. But, Al-Jolani, while acknowledging that Al-Qaeda in Iraq was indeed its initial benefactor, reassures his allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader, Al-Zawahiri. By doing this, he puts himself on equal footing with Al-Baghdadi and asserts his independence. But the incident proves Al-Nusra’s connection to Al-Qaeda and creates problems for her on the domestic scene.
Pro-Assad militias perpetrate a new massacre in the town of Sanamein in Daraa province. Locals say members of Hezbollah and Iraqi Shia fighters were involved. After particularly intense pounding, around 1,500 troops entered the city and set fires to homes killing over 40 people, including women and children, Many were killed with knives: some of the dead http://youtu.be/Tbs3L4EBRQw , http://youtu.be/SPe0rnsVeK8 burnt out homes http://youtu.be/oQCu_Dw2W8c , http://youtu.be/gWPi4hkCRFM