All scientific studies confirm that the world does indeed go on even after one buries one’s head in the sand. The fires in Syria will not burn themselves out, and as they continue to rage unabated, they will burn more and more people in the process. But you cannot fight fire from a safe distance.
Friday September 28, 2012 – Dedicated to the unity of the Free Syrian Army
Today’s Death toll: 167. The Breakdown: including 15 due to aerial shelling, 4 children and two women. 57 in Aleppo City (including 25 field-executed in Al-Rashideen), 48 in Damascus and suburbs (including 10 field-executed in Barzeh, and 17 in Qudsaya), 22 in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Aleppo Province, 10 in Daraa (including two martyred in Damascus), 7 in Hama, 5 in Homs, 2 in Raqqah and 1 in Lattakia (LCC).
While our allies could take the lead in maintaining the no-fly zone, it is necessary in Syria, as in Libya, for America to take the lead in establishing it; only our Air Force and Navy have the weaponry needed to dismantle Syria’s Russian-designed air defenses with little risk. A “lead from behind” approach can work in Syria. President Obama need only apply it.
Even at 8.1 percent unemployment, America has historical responsibilities, which are also historical privileges. Even on the back burner, the world burns.
Ammar Abdulhamid & Khawla Yusuf: The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today
FSA Unity? Col. Mithqal Al-Bateesh announces the creation of a joint command of all revolutionary military councils http://youtu.be/s40a7fLHwjY Once again, the move underlines not growing unity, but increasing rivalry between different rebel groups on the one hand, and between different factions in the Antakya-based officers on the other. Despite dedicating this Friday’s rallies to the unity of the Free Syrian Army, unity remains elusive.
Habeet, Idlib Province: people remain defiant as fighter jets fly over their anti-Assad rally http://youtu.be/cwi_h2J9hCo
Aleppo city: Rebels declare the liberation of the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud http://youtu.be/HgmwK5u17MI
Fire rage near the Syrian-Turkish borders http://youtu.be/RLOM9XJS26s
The continuing bombardment of Eastern Ghoutah Region in Damascus Province leaves any communities destroyed and farms on firehttp://youtu.be/KcKAJzJXImE , http://youtu.be/l_8PzVz62-g
The pounding of Homs City continues: Hamidiyeh http://youtu.be/KZLnUfWksq8, http://youtu.be/PmDRZuk72rM Sultaniyeh http://youtu.be/Gm0I-FLuFMo The nearby town of Rastan was also pounded http://youtu.be/mFaAe622QX0
Syrian-American protesters assault the Iranian UN Ambassadorhttp://youtu.be/gmER3d_0duo
Despite the continuing shelling and battles, hundreds of rallies took place across the country. This is a small sample:
Hilfaya, Hama: http://youtu.be/mzIvWwhsWYU
Kafar Yahmoul, Idlib: http://youtu.be/iOIf-wfeq5E
Harasta, Damascus: “the people the unity of the Free Syrian Army”http://youtu.be/r23tvy7WL3c
Saqba, Damascus: http://youtu.be/whjE7lqOQO0
Douma, Damascus: http://youtu.be/xy6IZW06Tdk
Al-Wa’er, Homs City: http://youtu.be/WaDLHaCMegc