It’s not like Assad woke one morning and said: “I feel like exterminating all the Brutes.” It took a lot of active (Iran, Russia, China, Hezbollah etc.) and passive (Unites States, Europe, Arab states, Muslim states) encouragement to get him there. Now that he is there it will take nothing less than forceful intervention to make him stop. You don’t come all this way to quit. Meanwhile, our cup runneth over with blood, disappointment and discontent.
Thursday October 4, 2012
Today’s Death toll: 120. The Breakdown: toll includes 5 children and 3 women. 52 in Damascus its Suburbs, 35 in Aleppo, 11 in Homs, 9 in Deir Ezzor, 5 in Hama, 4 in Daraa, 3 in Lattakia, and 1 in Qunaitera (LCC).
VOA’s Scott Bobb traveled to the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday and left with vivid impressions of a complex community wracked by suffering and fear.
A UNESCO World Heritage site is turned to rubble.
BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 4 (UPI) — The killing of at least three Hezbollah fighters in Syria’s civil war adds weight to persistent allegations the Iranian-backed movement has deployed military forces to prop up one of its most important allies, beleaguered President Bashar Assad in Damascus.
Some of the fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the Syrian rebels has moved closer to the Israeli border and several mortar rounds have landed inside Israeli territory. Israeli officials believe these mortars were not aimed at Israel.
Where there is war there is hunger. This holds true with the conflict now taking place in Syria. The UN World Food Programme, the largest food aid organization, is currently feeding 1.5 million Syrians displaced within their own country.
Some experts thought they saw signs of Russian support for Syria wavering. But now Russia is forcing the UN to water down its condemnation of Syria for its mortar attack on Turkey, suggesting that the bond is still strong.
After Syrian shells killed five civilians in a Turkish border town, Turkey’s parliament authorized military operations against Syria. But Turkey’s deputy prime minister says that this is not a declaration of war.
Had Syria been a major oil producing country chances are the US would have already dispatched military forces to impose a pax Americana and to put a stop to the horrific fighting that has been slowly, but without any doubt, ripping Syria apart and dismantling the infrastructures that make the Syrian state what it is today. Even if the war was to end today it would take years for Syria to return to its pre-war position from an economic and military perspective.
Skirmishes between pro- and anti-Assad Alawites clans continue in Assad’s hometown of Qardaha and nearby communities. Pro-Assad militias have reportedly arrested scores of rivals.
Judging by the spate of announcements by Turkish and western officials, it seems that whatever military option Turkey is envisioning in Syria will be limited in scope and probably restricted to occasional strikes against positions held by pro-Assad militia and troops. Increased aid to rebels is also expected, though this may not necessarily lead to arming rebels with heavy weapons. It’s not clear as well whether Turkish authorities will attempt to coordinate any future strikes with rebels to support their ongoing operations.