The Revolting Syrian-يلا إرحل يا بشار

THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD HAS AGREED TO BE ACCEPTABLE IN SYRIA. Aleppo (Al Sfeira): Sept 15, 2013 - As Assad’s forces celebrate a “victory” of not being bombed by Obama in exchange for giving up their chemical weapons that they never admitted to having or used this is still happening all across Syria. 

Assad’s forces continue to mercilessly bomb men, women and children. One boy has a hole in his leg. Another boy a head injury. Another boy is uninjured yet is shaking uncontrollably from fear as Assad’s forces continue to shell just outside this makeshift clinic. A girl is prepared for basic surgery, a portion of her stomach and intestines is showing.

This is what Assad has been doing for 2 years. This is what the world has agreed is acceptable.  

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The people of Kafranbel, Idleb (Syria) tell us what they think about the US/Russian deal to save Bashar Al Assad. 

The people of Kafranbel, Idleb (Syria) tell us what they think about the US/Russian deal to save Bashar Al Assad. 

“The latest news that has reached us from Poland makes it clear beyond any doubt that the Germans are now murdering the last remnants of the Jews in Poland with unbridled cruelty. Behind the walls of the ghetto the last act of this tragedy is now being played out.

“The responsibility for the crime of the murder of the whole Jewish nationality in Poland rests first of all on those who are carrying it out, but indirectly it falls also upon the whole of humanity, on the peoples of the Allied nations and on their governments, who up to this day have not taken any real steps to halt this crime. By looking on passively upon this murder of defenseless millions – tortured children, women and men – they have become partners to the responsibility.”

From “The Top Five Worst Arguments Against US Airstrikes in Syria

Seventy years ago, Jews in the Warsaw ghetto picked their guns up to put the Nazis’ guns down by staging an uprising as Adolf Hitler began wiping out the Jewish population of Europe with chemical weapons. Jewish leaders and the Warsaw ghetto’s fighters begged Allied governments to do something, anything to alleviate their plight but the Allies turned a deaf ear to their cries and stuck to their cruel “hands off” do-nothing policy.

Polish Jew and socialist Szmul Zygielbojm committed suicide to protest the Allies’ criminal indifference and his suicide note ought to haunt today’s anti-interventionists because his words are nearly identical to those of the Syrians today who plead for U.S. military action against their oppressors.

FOREIGN INTERVENTION: IRANIAN MILITIA’S IN ALEPPO. 

This is a report from a Dutch program called Nieuwsuur (Newshour) from footage obtained by the FSA in Aleppo from a group of dead Iranian mercenaries who where not only fighting in Aleppo, but were commanding Assad’s forces there. The FSA briagde (Dawoud) gave this footage to journalist Roozbeh Kaboly who works for Nieuwsuur.

More videos of Iranians in Syria with context and explanation here

Channel4: Al-Bayda: Anatomy of a War Crime.

At least 169 people, including women and children, were killed in a massacre in the Syrian town of al-Bayda earlier this year. Warning: this exclusive video contains extremely distressing footage.  

THIS BARREL PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES IS NOT FILLED WITH CHEMICALS. SO PLEASE IGNORE IT. Idleb (Saraqeb): Sept 12, 2013 - A helicopter from Assad’s ariforce hovers over the town of Saqraqeb. The men inside light a fuse on a barrel (literally, a large metal barrel) and toss it out the back of the aircraft on the the city with about as much ‘precision’ as one would expect from such an action.

However, I’ve wasted your time in posting this video and explaining it. There is no sarin gas in the barrel. Therefore, according to the US/Russian deal on Assad’s chemical weapons, it is “kosher” and falls within the agreed framework of the “Elimination of the People of Syria”.

Thanks @LccSy

***GRAPHIC*** THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT PART OF THE US-RUSSIAN DEAL TO SAVE BASHAR AL ASSAD. Daraa (Dael): Sept 14, 2013 - Their home was bombed by Assad’s forces with what appears to be a napalm like substance or something similar. These weapons are not included in the “deal” Kerry and Lavrov made in order to ensure Assad remained in power. These children were “not worth it” to them …

Thanks @LccSy

My Two Cents: She was shot in the head by terrorists in Pakistan for promoting women’s education, she then goes on to survive the attack and now she’s raising $500million to educate the thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. She is only 16 years old. This young lady is amazing. 

After being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 16-year-old Malala Yousufzai is taking up another ambitious challenge: Educating the massive influx of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Teaming with former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and rights organization “A World at School,” the activist will work to raise $500 million over the next three years to provide education to the 300,000 Syrian school-age children living in Lebanon. According to Time, Lebanon estimates nearly 550,000 school-aged Syrian children will be in the country by the end of the year, outnumbering Lebanon’s own 300,000 school-aged children.

To raise awareness for the program, Malala spoke via Skype with two refugees, Zahra and Om Kolthoum Katou, who have been living in Lebanon for the last year since being forced from their home in Aleppo. The young refugees went six months without attending school, but are now enrolled in catch-up classes funded by UNICEF.

"I totally support you. You are very brave," Malala told the girls. "I believe that you will get your education, that you will go to school – and that no one can stop you."

According to a recent UNICEF report, nearly two million Syrian children have dropped out of school in the last year, amounting to almost 40 percent of all students between the first and ninth grades. Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, more than 700,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon, constituting nearly 20 percent of the country’s population, NBC notes.

Altogether, nearly two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict.

“For a country that was close to achieving universal primary education before the conflict started, the numbers are staggering” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.


In August, Malala won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her dedication to promoting education. The young Pakistani activist rose to worldwide prominence after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. She now lives and attends school in England.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution by Matthew VanDyke  

If you watch one thing today, please make it this.

A truly excellent short film on the Syrian Revolution, filmed in Aleppo. 

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HER DEATH WILL GO UNNOTICED BY MOST SINCE SHE IS ONE OF THE 99% OF VICTIMS KILLED CONVENTIONALLY. Daraa (Inkhel): Sept 11, 2013 - Huda Al Ghouthani is 6 years old. She was killed when Assad’s forces shelled her home. Conventionally. She was killed the same way most of the dead are killed in Syria, by Assad’s forces simply shelling, shelling and shelling each and every single day. 

Huda is one of at least 8,000 children to have been killed by Assad’s forces since MArch 15, 2011.

Thanks @LccSy

Commentary: A Syrian-American argues that the U.S. should take sides against the Assad regime

Editor’s note: The author has decided to write under a pen name, to protect associates in Syria from possible reprisals.

To Americans following the news on Syria:

This is not how we Syrians wanted to introduce ourselves to you. We did not want you to meet us via a television screen split between Secretary of State John Kerry speaking about America’s newfound duty to stop Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons on his own people and the piles of dead children who were gassed on Aug. 21, 2013. We did not want you to feel the need possibly to embrace a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin — a dubious plan to recover Syria’s chemical weapons from an active war zone without a strong enforcement mechanism to ensure compliance— to find a political settlement that would avoid an unpopular military strike.

We would have rather you met us 30 months ago, when this turmoil began, on March 15, 2011. That day Syrians decided that they would no longer accept oppression in silence and that they were willing to die to live with freedom and dignity. And die they have — more than 100,000 and counting. To their chants for reform and cries against tyranny, the Syrian regime responded with bullets and cluster bombs. And for more than two years the world watched and said nothing.

As an American, I want to remind you that we have been here before, at this very crossroads in the struggle for freedom and justice. Though we did not live that history ourselves, still we feel its ripple effects on our lives every single day. Although our democracy is flawed, would you dare ask if the freedom won from the American Revolution, the Civil War or the civil rights movement was worth it? Such a question would offend the memory of the countless Americans who gave their lives for those causes.

As a Syrian I want to tell you that we have been here before. Syria has thousands of years of history, with its share of violent wars as well as the flowering of religions, cultures and ethnicities. In recent years, we suffered the consequences of the Iraq War seeping through our borders. We are entangled in the unending regional conflict between Palestine and Israel. But in the last two years, we have also witnessed the citizens of neighboring Arab countries rise up against their tyrannical governments.

As a citizen of the world, I want to tell you that we have been here before. We have witnessed chemical weapons attacks, ethnic cleansing, torture and genocide. We also have watched peoples overcome unimaginable losses and survive mass violence and destruction.

What is happening in Syria is not new. It is one of humanity’s oldest stories: a people fighting to free itself from a brutal regime that is willing to massacre foes and innocents alike to stay in power. For the past two and a half years, Syrians have asked the international community for support. No answers have come save excuses: The opposition is too fragmented; extremists have made the conflict too messy; there is no good to be gained from intervening in a protracted sectarian war; there are too many other more important problems at home to get involved in yet another Middle Eastern conflict. These excuses have prolonged Syria’s agony and bought Assad and his allies many months to kill tens of thousands of innocent people.

In the spring of 2011, Syria’s revolutionaries believed that it was time to join the millions of people across the region chanting, “Freedom!” for the first time, without fear. Aren’t all revolutionaries naive optimists? How could it not be silly to think that thousands of people could dismantle a brutal regime with hopeful chants? To take up small arms against tanks and warships? To try to remake society while Scud missiles and mortars rain down? To face the horror of toxic gas attacks like the one that killed more than 1,400 people last month? They are paying a heavy price for their ideals.

The Obama administration sold military intervention in Syria as a moral and humanitarian choice. We were told that the strikes would be “limited” and will “degrade” Assad’s ability to launch another chemical weapons attack. And now that plan appears to be stalled. But Syrians are not naive. Like you, we have grown jaded since 2011. The staggering numbers — including 2 million refugees, 6 million internally displaced and the loss of a third of all Syrian homes by last spring — will harden any idealist. Syrians know that intervention, if it ever comes, is not about a moral choice. It is about America’s credibility, a president’s legacy and maintaining authority in the global power struggle.

It would be very easy for America to avoid being involved in Syria. It is easy to ask, “Remember Iraq? Remember Afghanistan?” It is easy to say, “It’s too messy, too far away, too complicated.” But you will never be able to say that you did not know what was going on, that you did not see the devastation with your own eyes. This revolution has been thoroughly documented. The videos of the suffering will never be erased, the images of corpses will never disappear, and the bloodstains will never wash away from the clothes of those who looked the other way, toward the wrong side of history. You may be able to live with your inaction, but will you be able to forget what you have seen?

You have been here before, faced with difficult choices. But you should not forget that at one time, other nations made these same choices for you — back when you were a colony of naive, idealistic revolutionaries who believed you could build a new world with sheer determination and calls for freedom.

Now Syrians stand at a similar crossroads. What does Syria mean to you? Whether you have watched Syrians die for the past two and a half years or have just been introduced to the horrors of parents wrapping their children in white shrouds, you must ask yourself where you stand. Would you deny to Syrians the same freedoms you have claimed for yourselves? Or do you see Syrians participating in the same struggle — one that we all share together?

Putin on foreign intervention in Syria.

Putin on foreign intervention in Syria.

Escape from Syria: One man’s treacherous journey to safety.

Rifaie Tammas (@rifaietammas), 25, is a Syrian activist who lost his father and uncle during the battle for Qusayr, the strategic city in the western part of the country near the Lebanon border. Tammas and his family became one of the thousands who fled the war-torn nation. This the story of his harrowing escape.

Russia’s incredibly quick response to John Kerry’s suggestion yesterday that Syria could avert a US strike if it handed its chemical weapons was a masterful tactical move by the Kremlin master. Putin instructed his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to make a statement that Russia will ensure that Syria will surrender and agree to the destruction of its chemical weapon, extending a process a lifeline to president Obama who was struggling to convince US representatives of the necessity of attacking Syria.

Many commentators have pointed that Putin’s quick thinking has offered a convenient solution for all involved, but few have recognised the role that chess played in this incident. Keen enthusiast of the game will recognise that Putin’s proposal was a variation on the classic ‘Jabowntski sacrifice’, in which a functionally-degraded chess piece is sacrificed to create space for manoeuvre elsewhere. But that is only half the story. 

I highly recommend you read the rest of this story here … 

EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. THIS IS WHAT LIFE IS LIKE. Damascus (Madamiya): Sept 10, 2013 - Non-stop rocket attacks by Assad’s forces continue to rain down on the people in the suburbs of Damascus.

20 days ago Assad’s forces unleashed an apocalyptic attack on the residents of this town with sarin gas.

Today, nothing has changed.

Tomorrow, nothing will either.

In 20 days time? …. nothing.

The world may just wait to ‘act’ when there are no more humans left.

One of several airstrikes by Assad’s forces in another area of Damascus called Barzeh.