Ethnic cleansing is not only about how many people are killed, it’s more often about how many people are displaced. With more than 6 million internally displaced persons, 2 million refugees, and hundreds of thousands of detainees and missing, the overwhelming majority of whom happen to be Sunni Arabs, and considering the fact that it has only taken 2 years to achieve this feat, the scale of the human tragedy in Syria assumes new proportions. Furthermore, the tragedy is playing out in the age of “never again” and R2P, reports of this genocide are being broadcast around the clock through social media so no one can feign ignorance, and all is being accomplished with minimal recourse to WMDs. Obama’s red line has been irrelevant since the beginning, and was nothing more than a meaningless bluff that was exposed as such when reports of its violation were casually dismissed by the man who drew the line, and when Israelis just showed the world how red lines are actually maintained… (Continue below).
… When world leaders fail to uphold their own rules and red lines, it is the global order that is undermined, and the implications of that will be felt in N. Korea, Burma, Congo, and a dozen other hotspots where red lines will soon be obliterated, and instead with one messy conflict, leaders of the free world will find themselves dealing simultaneously with many. This is for all those experts who think the conflict in Syria could be contained. They use smartphones and social media like robots, without understanding the real implications of this technology in the age of hyperconnectivity. There are no locally containable crises anymore. All conflicts are global. But some people can only get this the hard way. Syria seems so far away to most Americans, and so at one point did Chechnya, until she materialized in Boston. A few pro-Assad Syrians based in Dubai sent Wall Street reeling, if only for few minutes this time, with a hacked account and a fake tweet. Everybody’s vulnerable these days. A small set of few determined individuals with a local grievance can undermine everyone’s sense of security.
This new leaked video shows scenes of the massacre perpetrated by pro-Assad militias in the town of Al-Bayda, Banyas http://youtu.be/_tYK8AAW1sY The picture below shows what happened to the bodies that we see in the room after this video was made. They were set on fire. The white and blue table can be seen in both the video and the photograph.
This video shows dead babies and children from the village of Raas Al-Nabea (Banyas) which was also stormed by pro-Assad militias over the last couple of days. Some of the bodies seem to have been burnt as well http://youtu.be/y-0ps541ZnY
A major explosion occurs on top of Mount Qasayoun overlooking Damascus http://youtu.be/e84pVGsP6YU , http://youtu.be/-Bus39arM4A The top of Mount Qasayoun is host to myriad of army bases and weapons depots and has been used by Assadist militias to pound rebel strongholds in and around the city. Both activists and Syrian State TV are saying that the explosion is the result of an air strike raising the possibility that Israel might be behind it. The same explosion as seen from Barzeh neighborhood http://youtu.be/el2En5bDOYo Explosions also took place near the town of Al-Tal http://youtu.be/SlDFiXxXJH0
Local activists in the Hameh region west of Damascus show a shell of one of the bombs that they claim were dropped by Israeli planes on position of pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/9hlvjwqnc3w
However, not all activists are jumping on board this interpretation of events. While the Friday attack might have been the work of Israeli air force, today’s attack, they insist, is the work of the regime as part of its preparations to abandon Damascus. They believe that Assad and his circles are now planning to withdraw to the coastal region, and that they are now destroying all weapon stockpiles they cannot take with them.
Earlier in the day, activists recorded this strange missile streaking its way across the Damascene skies destination origins and destination unknown http://youtu.be/H6TzN_LtjJQ
Rebel strongholds in Damascus and suburbs continued to be targeted by warplanes, heavy artillery and rockets: Zamalka http://youtu.be/f-5Y63OtNyI Jobar http://youtu.be/4FFgwvCq-bw Arbeen http://youtu.be/eeyYHnO_6p8 Barzeh http://youtu.be/tfdfhpSVNyk
In Homs Province, several children were killed during the pounding of the village of Al-Bouaydah Al-Sharqiyeh http://youtu.be/3bpnhb-766o
Meanwhile, tensions are growing between Islamist and Kurdish rebels in north Aleppo, with Islamist rebels said to be preparing to enter the Kurdish-majority town of Efrin http://youtu.be/frLhlHUKsPQ The move seems to come as a response to the success of Kurdish rebels in the town of Tal Tamr, in the Hassakeh province in the northeastern parts of Syria in driving away Arab and Islamist rebels from their town following days of fighting.