US manipulation of news from Syria is a red herring
Another day, another massacre in Syria. It is increasingly clear that large numbers of civilians have been killed once more, this time in Tremseh, near Hama, in what the UN "assessed as an extension of a Syrian Arab air force operation", although UN observers were prevented from entering the village.
The fog of war is as thick as ever in Syria. Independent reporting is not allowed, so the reporters covering the story, Arab and western, have today been trying to contact their sources in the area. Some will risk their lives once again by trying to make their way across the Turkish border into Syria to try to get closer to the truth.http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/p...09Cwzh.twitterThe bigger picture, however, is abundantly clear. A slaughter is under way, largely carried out by government forces and allied militias. Whether this should mean western military intervention is quite another question. It is hard to see how air strikes could stop the killing, but authorising the international criminal court to start a full investigation into who is responsible would seem like a step in the right direction.
Nothing could be more important than working out how to respond to the brutality in Syria. We ought to be having that debate. Investigating the pedigrees of cherry-picked individuals on each side is not the way to arrive at the right answer.
Can It Get Worse in Syria? It Just Did
Syria's descent into ever-greater violence steepened yesterday. Driven by the regime's desperate attempt to stay in power, an already ugly conflict took an ominous turn with the reported movement of chemical munitions and what appears to be the worst massacre of civilians yet.The Tremseh massacre and the movement of chemical weapons show that the Syrian regime is on an increasingly deadly path and will not be diverted by negotiations. The situation is becoming rapidly worse, and diplomatic efforts to end the fighting will continue to fail. UN envoy Kofi Annan's efforts are increasingly out of touch with realities on the ground, giving the regime a fig leaf of legitimacy and time in which to break the opposition. In short, this is a dangerous regime -- dangerous to its people and, as the CW movement suggests, dangerous to the region. The time for talking with Bashar al-Assad has passed. It is time for ultimatums -- and, if those fail, armed action to topple the regime.
Major General Adan Salo joins the FSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfLIL … Highest rank so far.
Brigadier General Talal Ferzat, Colonel Suleiman Ferzat, Colonel Mohamed Ferzat defect and join the FSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6znej
Major General Adnan Salo is now Commander in Chief of the FSA since he is the highest ranking defector http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfLIL
Deputy Manager of the Chemical warfare college
Colonel Tourki Rahmoun, 1st Lieutenant Basel Rahmoun (his son) and Lt. Colonel Khaled Shaul defect and join FSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh_gwJ
https://twitter.com/ReutersI'm worried about Annan...he's been shocked by Bashar so many times...that can't be healthy... :/
U.N. Chief Ban says Syria massacre "casts serious doubts" on President Assad's commitment to Annan peace plan
https://twitter.com/tweets4peaceUN observers inside Traimseh today one day after the massacre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhHzTy … [Hama R.C]
FSA destroy a tank that was shelling Azaz, Aleppo today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG0H38
FSA destroy two tanks right next to each other that were shelling Azaz, Aleppo today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87KVRT
Some villages and towns have joined the revolution for the first time today. Such as Maryamin village in Aleppo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rheToj
Tawelaha village in Idlib join the revolution in their first protest today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZIbWp
Reports that regime thugs have stormed Maret Alnoman and are committing a massacre. Waiting for more info Idlib
Soon on the NYT: Inside today's meeting of Syrian Rebel Commanders in Antakya, Where the Talk Was of Money & Guns.
The Local Coordinating Committees in Syria documented 80 martyrs thus far today and recorded 738 demonstrations in Syria, on Friday, July 13, 2012.
Despite the regime's attempts to suppress the peaceful demonstrations, which the Free Syrian Army tried to protect, people were able to go out in 106 more demonstrations today than a week ago.
The largest number of demonstrations was in Hama with 140, then Aleppo with 138, followed by Damascus with 92 demonstrations, 42 more than last week. In Damascus Suburbs, which witnessed continuous shelling in most of its cities and towns during the past week, the people stood up to the regime with 80 demonstrations. In Idlib, which witnessed yet anothe massacre today, there were 78 demonstrations to stand up to the regime's oppression and aggression.
In Daraa, and despite the shelling that targeted the daily demonstrations, there were 61 demonstrations, while in Deir Ezzor, there were 55 demonstrations in solidarity with the disaster-stricken cities. In Hasaka, demonstrators chanted for the unity of the Syrian People in 32 demonstrations, while in Lattakia there were 20 demonstrations despite the arrest campaigns and violence by the regime forces.
In Homs, the people were only able to go out in 19 demonstrations because of the nonstop shelling at most areas and neighborhoods. Raqqa saw 13 demonstrations, Tartous had 8, while Swaida only had 2 demonstrations.