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The Red Line
“We will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists.”
Failure to heed the warning would result in “consequences”.
What’s going to happen? Bashar al-Bastard has used chemical weapons; the belief held by intelligence agencies in US and Britain gets stronger as evidence is gathered.
Heavily supported by the denial by Syria to allow UN teams to verify, or not. If al-Bastard has nothing to hide, then he should welcome the UN involvement.
POTUS is backpeddling soooo fast.
Another conflict would truly show the financial position of the USA. Literally, it can’t afford another conflict.
And then there are the ramifications of the Russian reaction.
Obama was full of bluster, and al-Bastard has called his bluff.
Todays posting isn’t going to be about some wishy-washy subject. I’m going to write about something important and something which is killing thousands of people every month, the civil uprising and war in Syria. I’m writing because it is important and we CAN do something. Up to 5000 people a month visit this blog, that is a lot of people who can do something. It is also the same number of people who are dying each month in Syria.
Peaceful Civilian marches and demonstrations for democracy and free elections in Syria.
For over 2 years now, the brave people of Syria have been rebelling against their dictator. At first the protests were peaceful and to a degree they were tolerated. The Syrians were enthused by the democratic changes taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya as well as protests throughout the Middle-East as part of the Arab Spring. Their target was the overthrow of the Assad regime who have ruled over Syria for decades. The President, Bashar Assad, was never brought up to be a President (read Dictator), he spent much time in London working to become a specialist optician but his elder brother was killed in a car crash and he was quickly and badly groomed to succeed his father. He was destined to become an eye doctor but now Bashar Al-Assad is simply Dr Death, the first great war criminal of the 21st Century.
via Stephen Liddell Blog – Read more. Warning some photos on this post are not for people with a weak disposition.
Talk, talk, talk, talk. Blah, blah, blah.
Meanwhile Bashar al-Bastard gets away with murder.
The time for talk is over!
The world now has Syrian blood on its hands, poured on by China and Russia when they effectively castrated the UN.
al_Bastard has made the world look like fools.
Syrians fleeing Homs accuse troops of atrocities
People fleeing the central Syrian city of Homs have told the BBC that security forces are committing atrocities there.
One woman told the BBC’s Paul Wood on the outskirts of Homs that soldiers had slit the throat of her 12-year-old son on Friday – a day after rebel fighters withdrew from the Baba Amr district.
She said 35 other men and boys from her area had also been detained and killed.
The government has denied the Red Cross access to Baba Amr for four consecutive days, citing security concerns.
Activists have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.
Electricity, water and communications have been cut off, and in recent days temperatures have plummeted and snow has fallen. Food supplies are said to be dangerously low, and many people are too scared to leave.
On Thursday, government troops backed by tanks entered Baba Amr after the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) announced a “tactical withdrawal”.
While the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its Syrian Red Crescent partners have been waiting to enter the district, state television said it had been “sanitised” of “armed terrorist groups”.
But opposition and human rights activists said security forces and pro-government militia had been rounding up men and boys over the age of 14 who had remained Baba Amr, and had tortured and killed them.
The claims could not be substantiated, but people fleeing Homs also told our correspondent that security forces had been committing atrocities, including summary executions and cutting the throats of prisoners.
One woman, who had walked for three days to escape, said that on Friday troops had taken 36 men and boys from one area and killed them.
“My son’s throat was cut,” she said. “He was 12.”
Her husband said he was hiding about 50m away and saw one soldier hold down their son’s head with his boot while another killed him.
“I could hear their screams,” he added.
Several men who said they had defected from an elite army unit last week told our correspondent that civilians were being targeted deliberately by security forces and their prisoners were being killed.
“A lieutenant gave us the order,” he said. “We were told in this operation: ‘You shoot anything that moves – civilian or military – you shoot at it.’
“An old man was arrested. An officer put a gun to his head. He said: ‘This is for freedom,’ and he shot him.”
Source: BBC News
A woman does not make up a painful story about her son. The reports maybe unverified, but I’d believe them before I believed al-Bastard.
All the above simply empower al-Bastard, giving him more time to commit more atrocities.
Both Russia and China have Syrian blood on their hands. Blood that has been and blood that will be spilt by Bashar al-Bastard.
The Russians want a mediated solution, that idea is farcical. al-Bastard has thumbed his nose at the world, he has thumbed his nose at the Arab League, just as he will thumb his nose at the Russians.
al-Bastard is not interested in anything that will water down his megalomania. He is an A-Grade Bastard.
The UN was at least trying to afford a solution, they kow-towed to Russian demands and diluted the message that the Russians still sought to veto.
I am not in favour of the ‘Libyan’ solution, but in the end, if it was necessary, then so be it.
The Bastard has to be stopped.
The Syrian people deserve the chance to make their own future, but they cannot do so without assistance of some form from the rest of the world against the heavy hand of the dictator.
The mainstream media has been saying ‘more than 5,000’ have been killed by al-Bastard since the fighting began. That number has been quoted for nearly two months; in the meantime we daily read of more deaths, 200 in one day, by my reckoning that number should be revised to 7,000+.
al-Bastard cries in desperation, “but 2,000 troops have also died” sorry, I don’t give a shit. They died by the hands of al-Bastard just as surely as the freedom fighters.
As for al-Bastard bleating that the country’s problems are caused, first by armed gangs, then by terrorists, then by other countries, he just doesn’t know, he’s clutching at straws; let’s face it he will blame anybody but himself. This is the indelible watermark of a dictator. The same as all the other dictators that have existed, they are never at fault.
Damascus on a rainy winter’s evening. The lights are blazing, the traffic flows smoothly, the smart boutiques of the new town and the souks in the old city seem busy enough.
But for all the assurances of the government, life in the Syrian capital is far from normal.
“We don’t work well, we don’t sleep well,” one middle-class woman, a graphic designer in her thirties, tells me. “We are scared.”
She doesn’t take part in street protests herself. Like many others, she thinks it is too dangerous. But she certainly supports their aim.
And those protests – once mainly in towns well away from Damascus – now spring up ever more frequently in suburbs of the capital, creeping closer and closer, it appears, to the well-guarded centre.
Source: BBC News Read more
Syria crisis: Assad ‘gives amnesty for uprising crimes’
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has granted a general amnesty for all crimes committed during the 10-month uprising, state-run media reports.
It would apply to army deserters who turned themselves in before the end of January, peaceful protesters and those who handed in unlicensed weapons, Sana state news agency is quoted as saying.
The UN says more than 14,000 people are in detention.
Source: BBC News Read more
I believe the proposed amnesty is a farce. The same as letting Arab League observers in was a farce.
It changed nothing.
Saturday – The Syrian authorities sent troops and tanks into the town of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, where one large demonstration took place. (BBC News)
Saturday – The ruler of the Gulf state of Qatar has said Arab countries should send troops into Syria to stop government forces killing civilians there. (BBC News)
Bashar al-Bastard is simply buying time and playing the world for a fool. The amnesty would only guarantee that he has less weapons against him.
He knows he is in the shit, inextricably in the shit. Now that the call has come from the Arab world for armed intervention, he knows the end is near. Like a cornered rat he will spring to the attack.
The countdown fuse has been lit, the Middle East will explode.
”]In an interview with al-Jazeera broadcast on Tuesday evening, Mr Malek said that by allowing in observers the Syrian government had “gained a lot of time to help it implement its plan” to end the unrest.
“What I saw was a humanitarian disaster. The regime is not just committing one war crime, but a series of crimes against its people,” he said.
“The snipers are everywhere shooting at civilians. People are being kidnapped. Prisoners are being tortured and none were released.”
Mr Malek said he had resigned because of what he had seen, and asserted that the observer mission had fallen apart.
“The mission was a farce and the observers have been fooled,” he added. “The regime orchestrated it and fabricated most of what we saw to stop the Arab League from taking action against the regime.”
Source: BBC News Read more
But Malek told Al Jazeera that the government was not assisting observers with their requests.
“The regime didn’t meet any of our requests, in fact they were trying to deceive us and steer us away from what was really happening, towards insignificant things.”
He said that those who were supposedly freed and were shown on TV, were actually people who had been randomly grabbed off the street.
“They were detained for four or five days in tough conditions and later released as if they had been real prisoners.”
Malek also said that he had seen snipers on top of buildings: “On one, there were even army officers in front of the building, while snipers were on the roof.
“Some on our team preferred to maintain good relations with the regime and denied that there were snipers.”
He said that Assad’s government “has gained a lot of time that has helped it implement its plan … Therefore I’ve decided to withdraw from this mission.”
Source: Al Jazeera Read more