… but he is very right that this deserves more attention:
Syrian security forces opened fire on a demonstration Friday in the coastal city of Latakia – the heartland of the ruling elite – wounding at least five people as thousands took to the streets in several places across the country, witnesses said.
President Bashar Assad’s regime has stepped up its deadly crackdown on protesters in recent days by unleashing the army along with snipers and tanks. On Friday, protesters came out in their thousands, defying the crackdown and using it as a rallying cry.
There is also a rather hopeful development:
about 200 mostly low-level members of Syria’s ruling Baath Party have resigned over Assad’s brutal crackdown.
That would have been unheard of not long ago. Meanwhile in Libya things continue to develop, badly:
Libyan troops chased rebel fighters across the border with Tunisia and clashed with them, indiscriminately firing in the area before being captured by the Tunisian military, witnesses said. Tunisia’s government expressed “extreme indignation” and demanded Libya immediately halt violations of its territory.
In reality the West would LOVE if Tunisia or Egypt got involved. Much better to have Arab boots on the ground instead of western ones.
As Michael Graham puts it:
Today: Libya’s invading its neighbors, violence is spreading, civilians are still dying, America is refusing to lead, Gaddafi is stronger…and your gas is $4 a gallon. If you’re lucky.
We return you now to you regularly scheduled distraction.
We need a distraction now and again (and I loved the WW 2 planes in the fly over) but lets also not forget people dying to be free.
If these guys are attacking military bases then I think the endgame is near, one way or the other:
Syria’s state-run television says “armed terrorists” have attacked a military post in the southern city of Daraa, killing four soldiers and capturing two.
The report comes as thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country – including the capital of Damascus – in demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar Assad. The six-week uprising has posed the gravest threat to his rule.
The government has blamed the unrest on armed gangs – not true reform-seekers.
Daraa is where the revolt began. It has been under military siege since Monday.