Kofi Annan's bitter resignation and the collapse of Obama's Syria policy
Kofi Annan's bitter resignation yesterday from his hopeless assignment as the UN's Special Envoy for Syria merely confirms what has long been apparent: the Obama administration's Syria policy has failed. The policy seems to have thus far consisted of a combination of sternly-worded denunciations, persistent outsourcing of international legitimacy to Russia and China, and belated, unenthusiastic, and possibly ineffective provisions of non-lethal aid to some Syria rebels for communications and logistics.
As Peter Feaver has observed, this is not just "leading from behind" but rather "following from behind." Meanwhile, the fact that Syria represents a confluence of strategic interests and moral imperatives has not prompted a proportionate response from a White House wary of action in an election year.
Into this void comes a compelling op-ed by Anne-Marie Slaughter in the Financial Times. Slaughter, an eminent Princeton professor who served as Obama's director of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department during the first two years of the administration, makes an impassioned call for meaningful action.
Specifically she urges that the United States lead a coalition of nations in providing "heavy weapons (and possibly air cover)" to all Syrian opposition leaders who show their commitment to democratic principles.
Why the Palestinians are turning against al-Assad
Even if Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad somehow survives the current uprising aimed at toppling his regime, the beleaguered dictator will have a lingering identity problem. Indeed, a long-standing pillar of Syria’s foreign policy has been support to the Palestinian “resistance” against Israel. But in the wake of the Syrian onslaught, the country’s estimated 500,000 Palestinians are abandoning – even challenging – their long-time champion. With this dramatic shift, al-Assad is left more isolated in the Middle East than ever before.
Reports from the region continue to confirm what would have been deemed impossible just two short years ago: Palestinians are turning against the regime. Human Rights Watch notes that, “Palestinians have joined anti-government protests.” One FSA commander, meanwhile, has boasted, “Palestinians are fighting alongside us, and they are well trained.”
It doesn’t help that the regime is murdering Palestinians. On Thursday, the regime reportedly killed 20 when it shelled a refugee camp. Reports before that indicated that al-Assad’s campaign had already claimed the lives of some 300 Palestinians. It’s still unclear just how many Palestinians have responded by taking up arms to challenge the regime, but a clearer picture is emerging of who is abandoning al-Assad in his hour of need
Syria crisis: UN Assembly condemns Security Council
The UN General Assembly has voted by a big majority to condemn its own Security Council for failing to end the unrest in Syria as fighting rages.
It passed a non-binding resolution, which also condemns the Syrian government's use of heavy weapons, by 133 votes to 12 with 31 abstentions
The move came after the resignation of UN envoy Kofi Annan and failure of his six-point peace plan.
rebel pick-up truck fitted with 'Dushka' anti-aircraft guns. 'Dushka' loosely means 'little darling' in Russian pic.twitter.com/H30GP1rx
Difficult to find anyone in northern Syria who cared much about Kofi Annan resignation. Sense of abandonment already deeply entrenched
Rebel fighters in Salahuddin area of Aleppo pic.twitter.com/DKsF0Z7r
Not certain this is new.BRK ; FSA takes control of 2 police stations. One in Zibdiyeh and one in Sukkari neighborhoods. Aleppo.
Could these be the ones taken earlier in the week?
https://twitter.com/GRAFIXELFSA on the advance! Now they're in control of Saif Al Dawleh post office shabbiha point in Aleppo http://fb.me/1UQDRGg9g
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...8J37CR20120803Reuters pulled 4+ hacked fake blogs, all about Syria
Reuters blogging platform hacked, false Syia blog posted
Thomson Reuters said the blogging platform of the Reuters News website was compromised on Friday and a false posting purporting to carry an interview with a Syrian rebel leader was illegally posted on a Reuters' journalist's blog.
https://twitter.com/jenanmoussaFrance says UN observer mission to Syria probably will end, Reuters reports. I think that's quite likely.
I get a feeling Syria refugees are sick & tired of world. They have no trust in SNC, arabs, interntnl communty. Only tust God &FSA.
At UN Gen Assembly today, India & Pakistan joined hands--not in peace, but to "abstain," cowardly not taking a stand on Syria slaughter.
The dirty dozen voting w/ Assad at UN: Belarus, Bolivia, Burma, China, Cuba, N Korea, Iran, Nicaragua, Russia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, + Syria.
Local Coordination Committees in Syria
The number of martyrs in Syria thus far today has risen to 120, 72 martyrs in Hama most of them were killed in the Arbaeen Neighborhood massacre,19 martyrs in Damascus and its suburbs 13 martyrs in Idlib, 7 martyrs in Deir Ezzor, 6 martyr in Aleppo, 2 martyrs in Homs and 1 martyr in Daraa