Posts tagged syria

Kerry needs to go away.

We just got out of Iraq and we’re on our way out of Afghanistan. Wouldn’t it be nice to not be at war for once in a decade? Think of the things we could put our efforts to if we weren’t fighting in some foreign country!

Boots on ground is a possibility? Why?!

Syria 'toxic attacks kill hundreds'

I’ve seen the photographs of the damages. 

Hundreds of bodies without visible wounds or blood.

That screams chemical warfare.

sharquaouia:

First image from Like for Syria. Second image from Homs Revolution News.

First image was before. Second image was after.

Our hearts are in #Daraya today… the amazing town where peaceful protesters marched carrying flowers and asked for freedom and dignity. Today, there were massacred mercilessly by the vicious #Assad regime. 

In the news:

NY Times - Mass Burials Held in Damascus Suburb Amid Army Crackdown

Reuters - Assad’s forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital

Huffington Post - Daraya, Syria Violence: More Than 200 Dead In Suburb Outside Damascus, Activists Say

The Guardian - Syrian regime accused of killing hundreds in Daraya massacre

Al Akhbar - Dozens dead in Damascus suburb

Al Jazeera - Syria accused of ‘massacre’ near Damascus

Oh, but its just another day in the world, right? Americans will continue to go out shopping and not give a damn. Who cares what happens in Syria when we have everything we need here; lets just pretend that nothing’s happening over there, besides, its not like it affects us in any way. Right? Yeah, we’ll be fine.

kileyrae:

Turkey calls for emergency NATO meeting over Syria downing of jet
Turkey on Sunday summoned its NATO allies for emergency consultations on the downing by Syria of one of its warplanes, a move that potentially opens the door to international military intervention in the Syrian crisis for the first time.
Turkey said it had invoked Article 4 of the NATO charter — which allows consultations in case of a security threat — after concluding that the plane was over international waters in the Mediterranean when it was hit by a Syrian missile Friday.
Investigations into the shooting suggested that it was not an accident or a mistake, and that Syria was aware it was firing at a Turkish plane when the U.S.-made F-4 fighter was targeted without warning by at least two surface-to-air missiles, Turkish officials said. A search continued in the eastern Mediterranean for the two missing pilots.
“It was an act of war,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said in a telephone interview. “They shot down a plane over international waters, and this is unacceptable.” Turkey sent a diplomatic note to Syria stating that under international law, Turkey “reserves the right to respond,” he added.

Right now there’s a pool at my armory on our next destination. Syria is on the list and I’m willing to bet there’s a few bucks in the can.

kileyrae:

Turkey calls for emergency NATO meeting over Syria downing of jet

Turkey on Sunday summoned its NATO allies for emergency consultations on the downing by Syria of one of its warplanes, a move that potentially opens the door to international military intervention in the Syrian crisis for the first time.

Turkey said it had invoked Article 4 of the NATO charter — which allows consultations in case of a security threat — after concluding that the plane was over international waters in the Mediterranean when it was hit by a Syrian missile Friday.

Investigations into the shooting suggested that it was not an accident or a mistake, and that Syria was aware it was firing at a Turkish plane when the U.S.-made F-4 fighter was targeted without warning by at least two surface-to-air missiles, Turkish officials said. A search continued in the eastern Mediterranean for the two missing pilots.

“It was an act of war,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal said in a telephone interview. “They shot down a plane over international waters, and this is unacceptable.” Turkey sent a diplomatic note to Syria stating that under international law, Turkey “reserves the right to respond,” he added.

Right now there’s a pool at my armory on our next destination. Syria is on the list and I’m willing to bet there’s a few bucks in the can.

An unidentified object entered our air space and unfortunately as a result it was brought down. It was understood only later that it was a Turkish plane. There was no hostile act against Turkey whatsoever. It was just an act of defense for our sovereignty.

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi speaking with Turkish news channel A Haber about the incident. Turkey has threatened retaliation as Faruk Celik, the Turkish Labor and Social Security Minister stated, “The incident is unacceptable. Turkey cannot endure it in silence.” (story)

I cannot see how this will end easily.

It is time for countries of influence to raise the level of pressure on the parties on the ground, and to persuade them that it is in their interest to stop the killing and start talking. The longer we wait, the darker Syria’s future becomes… I have made it quite clear that I believe Iran should be part of the solution.
Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League envoy to Syria (via Reuters)
Marie and Remi died bringing us the truth about what is happening to the people of Homs. Governments around the world have the responsibility to act upon that truth – and to redouble our efforts to stop the Assad regime’s despicable campaign of terror in Syria.

The deaths of veteran Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, and the rising toll of civilian dead inSyria, has prompted renewed calls for an end to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Their deaths came on a day in which, according to activists, more than 80 people were killed in the besieged district of Bab al-Amr in the city of Homs, which has been under daily attack by the Syrian army for the past three weeks. (source)

Uh-oh. White people died. Shit is about to go down.

United Nations

poetryismyweapon:

My pen is Russia and its red ink, China.

The pages of my book, Tunisia, its lines, Syria.

Blame, blood, and guilt all come in crimson.

But so does hope.

A new history will be written

If old guards refuse to stand watch

And leave their mark

On the side of defined civil lines.

I am History; and so too will be tyranny.

The suffering citizens of Syria must know: we are with you, and the Assad regime must come to an end.
President Obama’s statement on Syria this morning. Full statement available on the Reuters live stream. (via thepoliticalnotebook)