Thursday, June 2, 2011

For what it's worth . . .

Thousands of protesters poured into the streets in towns and cities across Syria after Friday prayers to demand the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in the latest sign that the government’s strategy of relying on overwhelming force to crush dissent is failing.

Activists dedicated this 10th consecutive Friday of protests to the army, dubbing the day “Guardians of the Homeland Friday” in an effort to woo the military to the demonstrators’ side. Protesters were told to take flowers and offer them to soldiers who sought to suppress the demonstrations. In many towns, protesters chanted, “The people and the army are one,” echoing the calls heard at protests in Egypt, where the army’s refusal to fire on demonstrators proved crucial to the outcome of the revolution.

Five demonstrators were reported killed in suburbs of the capital, Damascus, when troops opened fire, according to Wissam Tarif of the human rights monitoring group Insan. It was not clear, however, whether army troops, police or the shadowy “shabiha” — armed irregulars loyal to Assad’s government — were responsible.

Libya plans to shoot demonstrators, so we bomb Libya in support of Libyan revolutionaries.

Syria actually shoots, kills and tortures demonstrators, and we do nothing.

Could it be that Libya has lots of oil and Syria doesn't?

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