Turning Point in Syria

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These protests are encouraging, but unfortunately, there have been no significant defections of soldiers or government officials, as seen in the other countries where uprisings have taken place. This is discouraging, but there are many cases of soldiers and police refusing to obey orders to kill their fellow citizens. The interior minister fired a group of police officers, including the commander of Latakia Province earlier this month. Nine soldiers were executed in Banias and the regime put forward three “citizens” responsible for killing them. They had no signs of torture, and one was identified as a high-level security official. It was obviously a staged event meant to hide the news about the loyalties of the military. The Reform Party of Syria has also reported on a possible assassination campaign against high-level army officers whose loyalty is in question.

On April 14, at least one soldier was killed at Ras al-Naba’a, where the regime’s Allawite Shabbeha militia has taken hold. In Inkhil near Daraa, the chief of police and 17 other police officers have been fired for disobeying orders. A powerful video has been released of soldiers leading demonstrators in Daraa and firing their guns in the air. In Latakia, the bruised corpse of a soldier was brought to his family. The regime claims he was accidentally electrocuted to death. It is because of incidents like these that the Syrian army and security services now report to an Iranian Revolutionary Guards base in Homs Province.

The White House has condemned the violence in Syria, and to its credit, the State Department has confirmed reports that Iran is providing covert assistance to the Assad regime. The Iranians are giving riot gear, advice and help with monitoring the electronic communications of the opposition. Michael Ledeen reports that 350 to 400 cameras have been installed in traffic lights. However, the Syrian opposition is still disappointed with the Obama administration, whose Secretary of State recently called Bashar Assad a “reformer” and has not withdrawn its ambassador.

“The White House has to date rejected our requests for stronger action on Syria,” an unofficial spokesman for the opposition named Ammar Abdulhamid told the Washington Times. Radwan Ziadeh, the director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies, has also complained of the “lukewarm” response from the White House. They are asking for a U.N. resolution with the sole purpose of condemning the Syrian government, a strong public statement by President Obama, and sanctions on regime officials behind the violence. The National Security Council staff has had at least two meetings with representatives of the Syrian opposition, but this has yet to result in substantive action.

Bashar Assad has the blood of countless U.S. soldiers, Iraqis, Israelis and Syrians on his hands. He is a major sponsor of terrorism with WMD programs and is Iran’s best ally. The Syrian opposition is asking for small, cost-free measures to protect at least innocent Syrians from being arrested, killed and wounded, not military action. If the U.S. is unwilling to take the softest of measures against one of its major enemies, then it is no wonder why it is looked upon as a power that extremists shouldn’t fear.

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  • Embassassed

    Our president is a thoughtless, gutless, shallow man. He is working against the best interests of the USA, and is creating the situation for a wide, and nasty regional war there. Why?

    • http://www.ezracanada.org Rev. Roy Trepanier

      Void, vacuous and callous also qualify to describe your President. He started all those "fires" in the Middle East back in 09 with his speech in Cairo. He put the idea of democracy into the heads of an unorganized, illiterate and poverty ridden populace knowing full well they would revolt (with lots of help from his "Union thugs" and the Muslim Brotherhood. His plan is to depose all those powerful Muslim "dictators" and create that vacuum that the Muslim Brotherwood will fill. All of this to return Islam to its former "glory" and make himself the head "Caliph" of the restored Islamic Global Caliphate. My goodness, everthting the man does is Pro-Islam and Anti-American and Anti-Semetic.
      Rev. Roy…<><

    • http://www.ezracanada.org Rev. Roy Trepanier

      Either that, or he will become the head of the New World Order (which is already formed and waiting in the wings) or he will be the new head of the E.U. (All three may even be melded together somehow as well).
      That's the "why", Embarrassed. Power and Glory. Even though he is just a lackey of George Soros and the other "Globalist Power Mongers", he plays his part well. But, the good news is that "God is still in charge and everything is going to be all right". If you are connected to Him, that is. :)
      Rev. Roy….<><

  • Steve Chavez

    The Assad Dynasty-From Father to Son! The Libya Dynasty-From Father to Son! The Kim Dynasty-From Father to Son! The Communist Dynasty-From Communist to Communist! The Mullah Dynasty-From Mullah to Mullah! AND FINALLY, The Castro Dynasty-From Brother to Brother! Most of the world's problems can be traced to these rulers! "Imagine a world without them!"

    The Chinese Communist Dynasty must be challenged too but by the United States and "We the People" who purchase goods from China. I haven't bought a Chinese product THAT IS TERRIBLE AND FALLS APART AFTER ONLY A FEW USES! Let's bring back these jobs and companies to the United States and/or our hemisphere like Central America, Haiti, and Mexico. Maybe if they have jobs there, they won't come here. Also, isn't it cheaper to ship goods across the Rio Grande than it is to ship them across the Pacific?

    The Castro Dynasty! I just can't wait till the people of Cuba rise up against their dictator of 52 years! Fidel says he "has resigned" but he would never allow any major decision to be made without his approval! Any failure of the system will reflect on HIS Revolution! He would surely put down any protest with ruthless force. "From Brother to Brother" will be "Brother against Brother!" What will his American supporters like Obama, Hillary, Hollywood, and millions of college students and their professors, do when Fidel starts mowing down the protesters with AK-47's? These Leftists are crying for freedom in the Middle East but they should be crying for the enslaved people of Cuba! The handover of power was only a trick since Fidel can say, "I'm not like the other Dictators of the world, I gave up power so why protest against me?"

  • Wesley69

    Should there be regime change here, it would be good for the US and a defeat for Iran.

    Should the US get involved? Aside from statements supported the enemies of Assad, no. We should let Libya, Syria sort out their own problems. However, if Iran sends troops across the border, the US should warn them, threatening military action, with the DETERMINATION to use force against Iran if necessary.

    Don't worry folks, this President does not have the stomach for such a fight.