Delivering aid just to create the appearance of doing something knowing that it could never be enough to reverse the tide will not win appreciation, make friends or end the conflict. Syria will continue to fall apart, dragging the region along with it. Meanwhile, policymakers will keep limiting the debate to Syria ignoring the real issue of fallouts and its implications for regional stability.
Syrians opposed to Assad accuse him of encouraging and planting extremists in the ranks of the rebellion, including releasing hundreds of jihadis from prison early in the uprising, knowing full well that they were bound to take up arms against it.
Ammar Abdulhamid, a Washington-based Syrian pro-democracy activist and director of the Tharwa Foundation, said that while the regime has probably lost control over these cells by now, their presence has helped it achieve its goal…
Abdulhamid said that if groups like al-Nusra increase their profile in Syria, there will be a greater willingness among some Western leaders to listen to Assad's argument again.
"The mantra of 'Either us or the extremists' is slowly but surely regaining some of its popularity and relevance in decision-making circles in the West," he said.
The children of Kafrenbel, Idlib, wonder how long it will take Obama before he decides to step in http://youtu.be/TBoKUTYWLws
Lebanese preacher Ahmad Al-Assir fights alongside Syrian rebels during a brief tour of the town of Qusair http://youtu.be/dyOr6ruATYo
Rebels combat loyalists in Al-Sayih Neighborhood in Homs City http://youtu.be/WSI60HbalVU
Rebels and loyalists clash in the town of Ariha, Idlib http://youtu.be/pKus3sufiBk , http://youtu.be/fSXXy9BdSbA
Regime pounds rebel strongholds in Damascus City: Al-Qadam http://youtu.be/lVNtILWqRpE Jobar http://youtu.be/1Bq-I2m9jho
The nearby suburbs of Eastern Ghoutah were targeted by fighter jets and heavy artillery: Saqba http://youtu.be/YKFcd02MRQA Misraba http://youtu.be/9a6IU3IF1NE Arbeen http://youtu.be/IXPZ7FITQf4