Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Elections in Syria as blood flows and Turkey's Erdogan says victory near for Syrian rebels
Elections in Syria amid violence: In Hama, Idleb, Deraa and even in neighborhoods in Damascus, a strike was declared, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSHR).According to Abu Ghazi, an activist in Hama, all markets and shops are closed in protest against the election of "the parliament of Bashar's pupets."Also during the election day, the blood still flowed - three young men were killed in an ambush by security forces in the region of Deir Ezzor (east of the country), according to OSHR.
Syria cease-fire gives nonviolent activists a new beginning: More than a year after the uprising began, only 50 people were still around to protest in a Syrian town of burned buildings and pockmarked storefronts.But for the residents of Anadan who came together to call for freedom and dignity on the morning Syria'scease-fire began last month, it was as though the revolution had begun again.
"We were willing to come out like it was our first day," said Abu Ghaith, an activist in the town near Aleppo that rebels seized and lost again to government forces. "Our strength is in being peaceful." For months, activists who helped spark the uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad by nonviolent means had seen it slip away as others in the opposition took up arms and the conflict began to resemble a civil war. Now the United Nations-backed cease-fire, which has seen numerous violations but also an easing of the bloodshed, is providing an apt anti-violence backdrop to activists' efforts to retake the revolution.
Heavy fighting rocks Syria: AMMAN: Fighting between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s forces erupted in an oil producing province in eastern Syria, residents and activists said yesterday, the eve of a parliamentary election the authorities say shows reforms are under way. Rebels armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked tank positions in the east of the provincial capital Deir Al-Zor, in response to an army offensive against towns and villages in the tribal area bordering Iraq that has killed tens of people and stopped others reaching supplies and medical care, they said.
“We do not have a death toll because no one is daring to go into the streets,” said Ghaith Abdelsalam, an opposition activist who lives near Ghassan Abboud roundabout that has become a flashpoint for the fighting in the city. “The population has been trapped and anger has been building up,” he said, adding the fighting subsided early in the morning after erupting overnight.
Turkey's Erdogan says victory near for Syrian rebels: Erdogan, who has tried to rally international support against the government in neighboring Syria for its 14-month crackdown against opponents, was met with enthusiastic applause and shouts of "Long live Erodgan" at the Kilis refugee camp. "Bashar is losing blood every day," Erdogan told the crowd of about 1,500 people less than a kilometer from the border.
"Your victory is not far. We have just one issue: to stop the bloodshed and tears and for the Syrian people's demands to be met," he said. Erdogan addressed the crowd from the top of a bus while military snipers watched from rooftops. Hundreds of police and soldiers stood guard along the road from the airport to the camp.
He is a lot more optimistic than I am. I see a long and bloody war and hopefully not world war. We are going to get dragged into this rest assured and you can't really think at least Russia and Iran will not come out in the open: I remember saying from day one that it would take almost the whole military to defect before they would have a chance and now that we know how involved Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are in the slaughtering that is going on around the country that is beginning to look like the beginning of their fight.
You have to be very concerned about what is happening in Syria especially. Russia, China, and Iran are not going to allow Syria to fall to Democracy. What we saw after the voter fraud in Iran was mild compared to what the IRG will do if this movement spreads to Iran. I really wish Bashar would step down but Iran is the elephant in the room any way you look at it. The total middle east breakdown we have written about numerous times is well under way. We can only hope we keep it from erupting into WW3.
In closing: You know Putin just got himself reelected as President, he did this so he could be at the helm of Russia as he like me knows 100% that world war is our future. He plans on marshaling China who is rapidly building a more formidable military and whoever he can to take on US hegemony. Russia watched helplessly as we had our way in Libya. Putin blames what is happening in Syria on our interference and Libya for training the protesters to fight against Bashar Al-Assad. Russia and Iran will not let this be another Libya but?
Putin is going to do everything possible to keep us from helping the Syrian people and I really feel for them. I do not see this going down the way Libya did and Iran and Russia are going to make sure it does not. I am afraid the Syrian people are going to be sacrificed, sacrificed in what is merely an opening salvo in this the wars for future dominance. Putin has just threatened a pre-emptive strike on Europe's missile defense shield too. Oh man here we go!