Meanwhile Assad's 4th armoured prepares to take advanage of the disruption by invading the targeted area--a pattern seen in the past. State media is denying it never happened. The following site contains many media reports and graphic videos. Be warned!
There's no way Assad didn't tell his allies on his intentions tonight. Khamenei, Putin and Nasrallah knew what was planned. Putin especially has approved the slaughter of Sunnis on four occasions now: Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya and Syria. Tonight was a sample of his "Chechnya Strategy," which he suggested for Syria. It was also a response to Obama's demonstrated cowardice. If someone with more backbone were in the White House, would Assad have dared?
The Sunni-hating trio above stood by every previous crime so why would it oppose this one? All three knew Assad was a psychopath intent on ethnic cleansing by any means possible yet they armed him to the hilt and even intervened to prolong his crimes. In some ways these three are more guilty than Assad. Ditto for Syria's Alawites.
Ranking next in culpability is China, also aware of Assad's psychotic behavior but willing to actively support his every crime in the UN Security Council. In fifth place is Barak Obama, Accomplice by Negligence rather than intent. The only nation that could have stopped Assad's crimes is under the control of a paralytic whose response will be limited to reprimands, night vision glasss and nail polish. This man sold out both Arab security and American national security, helping Al Queda get a foot in the door via his Hamlet act and now allowing Al Queda to exploit a real whopper by blaming all Americans.
Even if this Neville Chamberlain doppelganger were to resign tomorrowAmerican ability to prevent anyfurther chemical warfare attacks will be hampered for weeks. Aware of Assad's propensities, any normal president would have taken the simple precaution of moving American naval power to the Gulf long ago. Obama did nothing which means. any American fleet will take weeks to get there.
For the present the only nation in the region with a capacity for an immediate and powerful response is Israel, a country with good reason to oppose Hezbollah and Iran. Compared go the Assad atrocities which include organized torture, rape, tongue removal and chemical warfare against civilians, Israel's offenses look tame. Maybe it's time to seek help, providing rebels can assure it doesn't go to Al Queda types.
IS IT FAIR TO BLAME ALL AMERICANS FOR OBAMA'S COWARDICE
I'm American. I voted for Obama. You know how I feel about the Assad regime. The point is that Obama conned most Arabs so why should Americans be immune. Neither of us had an idea that man was such a coward. I'll bet a substantial percentage of Arabs would prefer Bush in White House right now (and only temporariy). Arabs also need to grasp the ugly alternative choice we had: Mitt Romney (aka Mr. 47%) and the anti-science, obstructionist, election-rigging Koch Brothers/KKK/ Fundamentalist Party of the UpperTwo Percent, resting on a base made up primarily of resentful, ignorant, elderly white yahoos with a voting tradition of "heroes" extends backward to Joe McCarthy, George Wallace and Richard Nixon.
In fairness to Obama, he darn well knew that many Republicans who would ordinarily favor strong action PROVIDED their man were in the White House stood ready to jump all over him had he done likewise. The extremist GOP core hates this guy with murderous passion (race being a subtext). Similarly these sorts intentionally let the economy sink further rather than support a badly needed infrastructure bill simply because economic recovery would have helped Obama's re-election prospects.
NOTE TO READERS: I've added one final my subpost to my last roundup. It deals with six more good reasons to consider a seige on Damascus in preference to an assault. Readers who found the lead topic interesting will want to check that out.
Item: ANOTHER COPTER WENT DOWN TONIGHT
This time in East Ghouta by rebels from Liwa Al-Islam firing an Osa 9k33. Here's a video in which the copter literally explodes:
Video: THE CREW NEVER SAW IT COMING
An HJ8 ATGM knocks out a regime tank on Mount Hermon from an incredible distance and with dead accuracy. It will be handy against Assad's once safe mountain-based artillery units