Syria Continues to Suffer

syrianrefugee_promo-thumbWideA great NYT piece on how an UN Panel Report states that fighting and general violence in Syria is on the rise, including crimes against humanity. And what is at most is that the peace process stands still for the members of the UN Security Council back differing warring parties.

So now the reported crimes get buried beneath the latest, mostly inconsequential, reports making up the 24-hour news cycle for their is no foreseeable movement regarding peace for the Syrian people.

The article is also worth reading for the included video presentation outlining and explaining the different fighting forces in the Syrian territory that fight the ruling regime and each other.

Read Here.

 

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We Should Fight In Syria! There! I said it!

syria.630We have to stop Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people!

As I state that I feel like I’m being attacked by the Right who want to crucify Obama with the same arguments sane people used against Bush and his disaster known as the Iraq War. I’m under attack from the Left who want no war at any cost, and I’m even under attack from my co-blogger here at STL, Paul Phillips.

Now I don’t care about any lack of evidence that isn’t 100% collected or any unfinished investigations. I don’t care about power vacuums and the who’s and what’s about Al-Quaida amongst the Syrian rebel forces.

What I am confident about, judging by all the evidence I’ve seen, is that most likely Assad is behind these attacks despite what the pundits on the isolationist sides say.

And I can’t stand seeing anymore vids on T.V. and the internet of babies being carried into hospitals limp and lifeless, or choking on the affects of the chemical attack. I can’t stand seeing anymore vids of long rows of shrouded corpses with no blood traceable through those white shrouds.

Now I know there will be civilian deaths associated with our strikes against Assad. And I know he may increase his use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people in an attempt to curb the American attacks. But something has to be done.

As you can tell by reading into this post this far that I am very emotional about this issue and, in all honesty, I may not be the best person to be in the White House making these decisions. But I can’t stand seeing anymore babies, choking to death, at the hands of the murderer Assad.

Maybe it’s revolutionary Guevar-ist in me, and contrary to many Leftists, there is a place for violence in the maybe not-so-sure realm of politics. Let the Syrians choose who they want to fill that power vacuum. Is that our decision or theirs? And I don’t know what the best strategy would be to attack Assad with would be. That’s the Pentagon’s job, not mine despite the fact that I think I know everything. I’m rarely handing it off to the boys and girls in uniform.

We have do something and I can’t believe so many are against this righteous action.

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Why is Syria Using Chemical Weapons?

22syria-cnd-articleInlineAccording to the latest reports, like this one in the NYT, al-Assad’s regime conducted an attack yesterday in Syria using a nerve-agent against the rebel forces there. Now these reports could be untrue for al-Assad and his staunch ally
Russia, claim that these are false reports transmitted by the rebels in an effort to provoke the U.S. and other Western powers to aid them in their fight against the loyalists and Hezbollah. But according to what I’ve seen today, unlike other times the rebellion has claimed to have video of victims of nerve gas, these look very convincing.

Now, if the al-Assad loyalists and Hezbollah are really using WMD’s against the rebels now, I have one question: Why?

The ruling regime is winning the war. They have Russia backing them almost 100%. Why would they risk the advantageous position they currently hold when using chemical weapons may provoke the U.S. and the U.N. into taking action against them? Why would they cross Pres. Obama’s metaphorical “red line” that he has drawn regarding the use of chemical weapons?

I know that crazy things happen in war. And maybe the use of a chemical weapon was not ordered from high-above but by a low-level officer and that is why al-Assad and Russia are denying ithese reports so vehemently. Maybe some even lower-level troops put together what was reported by the NYT, a make-shift missile which was launched in this attack because they just got tired of seeing their buddies killed and opted for revenge instead of a more rational approach to war.

But maybe the regime is that irrational for killing your own citizens is always an irrational act.

Syrian Refugees Growing Problem in Small Lebanon

geography-of-lebanon0A good op-ed in the NYT by contributor Ninette Kelley, the representative in Lebanon of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about the growing refugee problem in Lebanon resulting from Syrians fleeing the civil war in their own country.

Read Here.

U.S. & Assad’s Use of Sarin Gas: What Should We Do?

File photo of Free Syrian Army fighters taking cover as they prepare to join an attack on a Syrian Army base in DamascusJudging by the latest in this NYT report, Pres. Obama and his administration are just as confused about what to do in Syria as I am. And with every report it seems that something else is additionally complicating the situation further. So I am asking our loyal followers for their help.

As a comment to this post, please tell me what you think should or should not be done about the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war by the Assad regime.

Read the latest NYT report here.

Syria Moving Closer to Civil War?

With shipments of arms to Syrian Government by Russia, and shipments to rebels from Turkey money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, many see a civil war brewing in Syria. But is it a civil war if the one of the two sides is so much more powerful than the other?

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Will Assad Stop Violence on Thursday?

According to Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria, Assad and the government were supposed to halt fighting on Tuesday. But the violence continues. In this BBC article the State television says the government will halt all violence Thursday as long as their are know “terrorist attacks” (i.e., attacks by free Syrian peoples fighting groups).

It looks like Assad has already found an out in which to continue massacring his own people.

Below, for your reading, is the six-point plan from Annan for a ceasefire in Syria from the same BBC article.

1. Syrian-led political process to address the aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people

2. UN-supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians

3. All parties to ensure provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and implement a daily two-hour humanitarian pause

4. Authorities to intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons

5. Authorities to ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists

6. Authorities to respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully