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.
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.
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.