Just another “regulation” massacre took place in Syria on Thursday. No chemical weapons were used. No red lines were crossed. The whole episode was written in blood using only guns and knives, as was the case in most previous massacres. In a sense, the whole thing was too mundane an occurrence to merit any notice really – just a brief interlude in an ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign, an ongoing act of folly, observed by all, making us all complicit to varying degrees of shame.
“The United States should act in Syria in the way that it believes will best serve American interests and most effectively respond to Syria's horrific violence, not because it feels it must enforce an ill-advised red line.”
When you read the above advice just bear in mind that the one giving it was up until the beginning of the revolution was advocating engaging Assad because he believed he was a reformer, and that he was popular and beloved by his people. It’s indeed bewildering how the same set of scholars and experts who, at one point, advocated engagement are now advocating caution. In both instances Assad had more to gain than the United States, and notions of human rights went by the wayside.
If the “Syrian nightmare” has indeed destroyed the “the spirit of fun, hope, and positive change of the early Arab uprisings,” such experts and their precious advice bear much of the blame.
The Bayda Massacre
This gruesome video was taken and leaked by the perpetrators of the Bayda massacre as part of their campaign to terrorize the local population. It was initially posted on a variety of loyalist sites http://youtu.be/MgWsyS0aT5Q
The following videos were made by local activists and residents.
This teenage girl was killed in her own bedroom, crouching near her bed to hid herself. Her mother and younger sibling can be seen in a different corner http://youtu.be/a0MfawjizLA Entire families were wiped out http://youtu.be/ygeTLIgY_2U A local lawyer and her 5 children were killed http://youtu.be/1zaAOWdoC58 People were killed in their homes http://youtu.be/y1jmmJD6bP0 Some corpses were torched http://youtu.be/V5hC7U3LIc4 , http://youtu.be/3Z9AxECO3RE
Food aid delivered by the SOC to the people of Hama Province http://youtu.be/pALbsYzHrVo
The aerial pounding of Eastern Ghoutah, Damascus, continues http://youtu.be/rldOdvMz6e0 And the pounding by heavy artillery and tanks from the top of Mount Qasayoun http://youtu.be/TXcDr0Kg_98