Syria’s Deadly Deadline

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There are reports of small-scale military defections. The regime regularly reports that police officers and soldiers have been murdered by the “terrorists” and “gangs,”  but the opposition says this is a way of justifying crackdowns and covering up the execution of those who refuse to fire on civilians. On May 7, the regime claimed that ten soldiers were murdered in Homs, but the opposition said 9 had defected. It has been confirmed that there was a two-hour clash in the city between military personnel and that at least one soldier was executed for turning on the regime. Other opposition sources have reported defections in al-Rustun.

Al-Jazeera has learned that some soldiers from the 5th Division in Daraa acted to protect civilians being fired upon by the 4th Division led by Maher Assad, resulting in fighting for hours in front of Bilal Mosque. The network reported that about 20 soldiers had sided with the people, but the regime has made it very difficult for information to come out of the areas under siege, and unconfirmed reports indicate the number could be significantly higher.

The Reform Party of Syria reports that an army officer named Safok Khalifa in Homs and 35 of the men in his unit refused to fire on civilians, resulting in their executions. There has yet to be a large-scale defection of government officials, but at least 233 members of the Baath Party have resigned their membership, including 203 from Daraa and 30 from Banias.

The international community is finally reacting to the Assad regime’s inhumanity. The U.S. has placed sanctions on three senior Syrian officials, and the European Union has approved an arms embargo and sanctioned 14 officials, though Assad himself has been spared for now. The U.N. Human Rights Council has voted in favor of investigating the abuses, and now, the Obama Administration is reportedly moving towards calling for Assad’s resignation.

Assad is a dictator that makes good on his threats and will stop at nothing to crush whoever stands in his way. It is not known what Assad is planning on doing after the May 15 deadline passes, but there is little time for the international community to pressure him into backtracking on whatever evil he plans on carrying out.


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  • crackerjack

    And what comes after Assad? With Assad, Israel will loose its stated reason for occupation of Golan. No one will accept Israel occupying a democratic Syrias territory.
    have you really thought this case to the end? Obviously not.

    • aspacia

      It is "lose" not "loose."

      Few accept Israel occupying the Golan, or for that matter defending herself. I am sick of liberals and the UN.

    • jacob


      If Israeli "leaders" can be as stupid as to hand over to the PA in a shameful
      brownnosing gesture, the billions of dollars from the payroll taxes slapped
      on Israeli employers of Arab workers, you can trust them to return the Golan
      Heights to Syria and repeat the existing "statu quo" before the Six Days War,
      Syria's daily bombardment of the Galilee with artillery from the Golan Heights

      Now, where did you get the idea that ASSAD's dictatorship (if ever ousted) will
      be replaced by a democracy ??

      For your information, MUSLIMS in general and ARABS in particular would not
      recognize Democracy even if it bites them in their derrieres and the only way is
      to do away with their "religion" and specially their clergy, the most reactionary
      the world has ever known or still to know but if in doubt, look at what you have presently in ex-secular TURKEY and what you'll have soon enough in EGYPT

      • tanstaafl

        True dat. Mohammed was a dictator and "government" in the Islamic world consists of one ruthless person tearing the reins of power from another ruthless person.

    • MixMChess

      Israel does not "occupy" the Golan, in fact it legally annexed it in 1981 under international law. As professor Julius Stone of Hastings College of the Law provided: “There is no rule of international law which requires a lawful military occupant, in this situation, to wait forever before [making] control and government of the territory permanent.”

      Recall, Israel originally legally acquired this territory in a war of self-defense against Syrian invasion in 1967. Do you really think any of your comments out? Obviously not.

    • cgerber

      Crackerjack you severly lack any understanding in history. I wonder if you are capable of coming up with an original independent thought or idea. When you go to the toilet is that independent and orginal? In your case I doubt it. Read before you speak!

  • BLJ

    Why can't a batch of tornadoes, hurricanes and the plague strike places like Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Pakistan etc. Do the civilized world a favor.

  • Alex

    The Golan is an inseparable part of Israel. Syria attacked, we won. That's it. Why would we even give back such a strategic asset after what we have created. Eg..Cities like Qazrin, Ski Vacation culture (Instead of Death culture) and just developed it into more than just a rocky plateau that overlooks Israel and is a prime spot for shooting rockets at civilians..The country is with the Goian!! AG, Tel Aviv Israel

    • umustbkidding

      Because we are weak and Democrats have had the microphone for decades through the media and Colleges. Long enough to rewrite history for most Americans.

  • umustbkidding

    Mean while all eyes are on Gaddafi. It makes you wonder why only Gaddafi? There are so many bad guys in this part of the world like Bashar Assad. All killing lots of people. Yet the spot light for main stream media is Gaddafi.

    I wonder who he pissed off.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Muslims will slaughter themselves for reasons of their own and ones that
    they probably understand as revenge for old scores, as long as this goes on
    the number of idiots Israel will have to deal with dwindles. Given enough time
    the Arabs will wipe themselves out (good idea)…………

    Europe wants the oil and gas and it is just that simple, if the price of that
    is to blame Israel for what thay are doing, and Israel pays a heavy price,
    well they could care less. Intrigue is running wild and Israel is a good player
    and my money says that Israel will leave them all in the dust………..As for
    any European vacation or buying European products, nope, boycot, buy
    Israeli products and support Israel as much as is humanely possible.