I will never again underestimate the human capacity for indifference. Ours is a very public crucifixion, yet it might as well be happening on Mars. Some eyebrows are raised here, some dismayed looks can be detected there, and outbursts of condemnation and expressions of sympathy can be heard from time to time. Some sent aid to alleviate occasional political pressures, but not a guilty conscience, because guilt does not seem to factor much here. Some sent weapons, but not enough to determine the outcome for either side. The stalemate continues. It’s as if people are following this on their game consoles rather than TV or computer screens. The point is simply to score high, or move up a level or two, but not win. All the world's a PlayStation, And all the men and women merely digitized action figures.
* Mr. Daniel Pipes is advocating a different interventionist policy in Syria: http://youtu.be/gVFLZ_jV-fs. in an interview on Fox News, he says that, while his heart bleeds liberally for all those whose would suffer, and suffer in vain as he would have it, the U.S. should indeed interfere in Syria, but only to shore up the collapsing Assad regime, and do it just enough to maintain a state of stalemate between the different combatants. After all, since both sides are inimical to America’s interests, why not have them kill each for as long as possible. It’s undeniable that at this stage, America has few friends left in Syria. She started with few to begin with, and missed her opportunity to reverse the tides by failing to intervene on the side of peaceful protesters and moderate rebels back in the Summer of 2011. But adopting Pipes’ approach would go beyond getting cynical about the whole thing by becoming downright maniacal, complete with a straight-jacket and a mask. What next? Using refugees as subjects of scientific experiments instead of letting them go to waste wallowing in those miserable camps? Or shall we just “exterminate the brutes?”
Damascus City: scores of missies fall on the neighborhood of Jobar (Apr. 3) http://youtu.be/YjjKatw-Eig But in nearby Abbasyeen Square, rebels put up a fight http://youtu.be/RYf0uq5tXpk The neighborhood of Barzeh is also pounded with missiles http://youtu.be/ZfEdFkxsQ3A , http://youtu.be/kDetW-MZutM Homes catch fire at night http://youtu.be/OiEN6iWMvx4 Digging through the rubble ion search of the wounded http://youtu.be/g6vYQNKwNb4
Damascus Suburbs: West of Damascus, tanks continue their deadly rounds of Daraya http://youtu.be/VYOjLRJI6B8 Missiles fall http://youtu.be/8VqBmjFLBGE , http://youtu.be/1BO1-6AaGc8 Clashes continue http://youtu.be/c0Y-1oKFcDY The pounding of nearby Moadamiya continues http://youtu.be/Ge5e0nDwrtI Clashes in Zamalka http://youtu.be/waDRTk4qjd0
Homs City: the pounding of Qarabees neighborhood resumes http://youtu.be/VxtjCCNfB7U
Raqqah City: rebels continue their siege of the last few loyalist strongholds http://youtu.be/-mDEsRw6zAs Except for three major camps, including the military Airport at Tabqa, the province is completely under rebel control.
Zaatari Camp: A sandstorm http://youtu.be/7ZImVuwh7vE