The Bloody Streets of Syria

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Two parliamentarians from Daraa and the city’s mufti have resigned to protest the violence. There still isn’t a wave of defections as other countries facing uprisings have experienced but stories of soldiers and police refusing orders to kill civilians continue to come in.

The killing of the deputy commander of the 90th division outside Damascus, Jameel al-Assad, is said to have come at the hands of a soldier after his forces were told to open fire. In another incident, the body of an army officer was delivered to his family who were told that he was murdered by the nefarious elements behind the protests. His uncle, also an officer, reacted by blaming the regime and causing a protest in Tadmur. A Kurdish soldier from Amouda has also been executed for refusing orders. Notably, the regime has arrested Mansour al-Ali, who the Jerusalem Post describes as a “prominent figure” in the Allawite community that the regime draws its ranks from.

The Assad regime continues to deny that its security services or military is responsible for the murders and continues to blame unspecified “armed gangs” and radical Islamic terrorists. In reaction to these accusations, protesters in Homs chanted,  “Brothers we want freedom, not Salafism.” Hamas and Hezbollah have not endorsed the uprising and the Muslim Brotherhood has yet to put pressure on the regime or mobilize its supporters to back the protests. Farid Ghadry of the Reform Party of Syria wrote an article lambasting the hypocrisy of these groups and the Turkish government and said, “When elections come, we will make the MB [Muslim Brotherhood] in Syria pay for [their] silence.”

President Obama has joined other Western leaders in condemning the “outrageous use of violence to quell protests” but no substantive action has followed. The International Commission of Jurists and Human Rights Watch are demanding that sanctions be placed on the Syrian officials involved and for an international investigation into the acts. Senator Joe Lieberman is suggesting the enforcement of an arms embargo and now, the Washington Post is slamming the U.S. response in an editorial.

“As a moral matter, the stance of the United States is shameful. To stand by passively while hundreds of people seeking freedom are gunned down by their government makes a mockery of the U.S. commitment to human rights,” the newspaper said.

But the U.S. has only offered words to the anti-American dictatorship of Bashar Assad. Even small measures like withdrawing the ambassador have yet to be taken. Seemingly, the administration’s posture toward Syria is yet another example of the curious “Obama Doctrine” apropos the Middle East: Offering hostility and heavy-handedness to allies (Egypt, Israel) and unimportant actors on the world stage (Gaddafi), while American enemies and terrorist regimes are handled with extreme, bewildering delicacy.

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  • Bert

    People wonder why Obama is tough against Libya and passive against Syria. Obama is actually consistent. His rule is to support ALL enemies of America and of Israel and to betray ALL of our friends. Thus Iran and Syria qualify for no more than mild, ineffective measures that do not interfere with both of their nuclear programs. Egypt and Arabia, in contrast are betrayed. With Egypt, Obama is opening the door to a possible take over by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is taking too many people far too long to come to the shocking realization that Obama has an agenda that includes taking down America and supporting the advance of the Islamic Caliphate. By the time we wake up it could be too late to stop the process.

  • tagalog

    They must be strongholds of Christian, pro-U.S. terrorism.

  • bearone7777

    This joker has been doing this for years, and for years. WHY IS IT ANY DIFFERENT FOR NOW? Because all the region of the Middle-East is blowing up-[EXCEPT FOR ISRAEL]-Of course. But any how we see how brutal of a dictator he really is. What will we as a nation be doing about this,. nothing of course. There is another problem also that might happen if this so-called modernized nation opens up to democracy,a nd that would be that the WMD'S from the country that America went into and invaded Iraq will be found in the future.

  • Fred Dawes

    this is going to be something to watch and come on boys its all part of the plan.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Since the Assad government is totally in bed with Iran and since any replacement government in Syria couldn’t be any worse than the Assad government already is, the USA in this case should be supporting the protesters and lobbying to have Assad overthrown instead of labeling him falsely as being a reformer as Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration are doing, as the overthrow of Assad and the lost of Syria would be devastating to Iran and the Hezbos.

  • Amused

    Keep our noses out of Syria . Here we go again , Republicans ramping up the "horrors " looking to Obama , and criticizing for doing nothing , then when he does the wenching and handwringing begins . So Far , I've heard A REPUBLICAN Senator calling for the bombing of Syria .
    STAY OUT OF IT PERIOD …this goes for DEMS and REPUBLICANS…. We protect our only freind and ally ISRAEL …and that's it . The bloody war mongers have already done enough damage . Syria is technically STILL AT WAR with Israel , tghey never signed a peace treaty , so why in the hell do we wanna get involved .

  • Zak hadar

    Islam. .is what they all have in common!!!

  • ziontruth

    And if they win, and if they lose… same same difference, same old stuff.

    It's like that fictional country San Theodoros in the Tintin adventures, where the two rival generals Alcazar and Tapioca overthrow each other in revolutions at a regular cadence, but the country is unchanged for the deal, because there is little substantial difference between the two.

  • Amused

    Ditto Ziontruth .