US-backed forces opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are stepping up their offensive in Aleppo, the country’s largest city, amid reports Wednesday that the rebels had engaged in summary execution of dozens of captured loyalist police and soldiers. A gruesome video of one such slaughter was widely distributed on the Internet.
The scale of the fighting was shown in the reported storming of a police station at al-Marju in the Salhein district of Aleppo by a force of more than 700 "rebel" fighters. The 45-man security detachment inside resisted the attack fiercely until a large bomb was thrown into the building, killing at least 15 of the defenders. Most of the rest then surrendered.
One video showed four men, accused of being members of the pro-Assad Shabbiha militia force, lined up against a wall and forced to kneel, then mowed down with automatic weapons as their killers chanted “Allahu Akbar.” The victims were said to be members of the Barri family, a clan linked to Assad through adherence to the Alawite religion, a branch of Shiite Islam.
In another video, from the al-Marju police station, showed a rebel desecrating the corpse of the station commander, blowing his head off.
And, if you missed it, Kofi Annan quit as the UN's peace envoy on Syria. The former UN Secretary-General said, among other things, that UN Security Council members should not be arming either side in the conflict but they are (that includes the US).
Barack is such a loser. Can you believe that the US is backing that side? I guess so. I mean the whole thing was pretty much caused by the US government. It's all about disrupting the entire regime, destroying the region, if you ask me. You can argue that Barack doesn't know what he's doing, I guess.
If you argue that, I'm assuming you believe that Barack was strolling through the White House and found Bush's old Axis of Evil plan, dusted it off and told himself that he could pass it off as his own and people would be pleased he was finally doing something.
But if you ask me, Barack knows what he's doing, intends to do what he's doing and is perfectly happy with the destruction he's causing all over the world.
I'm reminded of Cat Power's anthem from the Bully Boy Bush years "Maybe Not:"
There's a dream that I see, I pray it can be
Look cross the land, shake this land, a wish or a command
I dream that I see, don't kill it, it's free
You're just a man, you get what you can
We all do what we can
So we can do just one more thing
We can all be free
Maybe not in words
Maybe not with a look
But with your mind
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"