These days, there aren”™t enough pages to fill the news aboutÂ Syria, but here is a sample of what this special and historic Friday brings us.
Even though the truce negotiated by Brahimi is still holding (Brahimi is protecting Arab rulers interests and they have been under fire for their lack of support of the FSA), a car bomb in Daff el-Shouq inÂ DamascusÂ explodedÂ today with some casualties being reported amongst the security men of theÂ AssadÂ regime. Also, with a lull in fighting, hundreds of thousands ofÂ SyriansÂ took to the streets acrossÂ SyriaÂ as a reminder to the world andÂ AssadÂ the Syrian people won”™t stop until they regain their dignity and earn their freedom. Are we surprising the world with our determination or what?
My biggest concern has been, and remains today, thatÂ Islamic extremismÂ is shaping the battles, which means it could shape Syria.
Further away in Europe, CarlaÂ Del Ponte, anÂ UN-designated prosecutor in charge of past crimes against humanity, hasÂ vowedÂ to remain focused on bringing theÂ AssadÂ regime top echelon to stand trials for their crimes.Â Del PonteÂ successfully prosecuted the Kosovo era criminals at The Hague. In response to some questions, she said:
“My main task will be to continue the inquiry in the direction of determining the high-ranking political and military authorities responsible for these crimes.Â We don”™t know yet whether it will be an international court or a national court or what. Our task is to carry out this investigation to gather evidence and it will be up to the U.N. Human Rights Council orÂ Security CouncilÂ to decide,”Â
Honestly, it”™s impossible as one watches the crimes committed by Assad against innocent children he targets deliberately not to hear answers like the ones above. However, I don”™t put much trust in a humanÂ rights commissionÂ that invites regimes like the one in Iran and Syria to sit as observers of other countries”™ human rights violations.
I left the most important for last because of its historic importance.
In another corner of the Arab world, the Saudi chief cleric of the Makka Mosque hasÂ imploredÂ all Muslims to take “practical and urgent” action with regard to Syria and the death toll against Muslims.
Sheik Saleh Mohammed al-Taleb, in his sermon welcoming Eid-Al-Adha and the annual Haj, said:
“The world should bear responsibility for this prolonged and painful disaster (in Syria) and the responsibility is greater for the Arabs and Muslims who should call on each other to support the oppressed against the oppressor.Â The solution should be practical and urgent because the oppressor becomes even more fierce as the days pass.”
Although it”™s a passive message delivered at the start of the Pilgrimage, its underlying tone is to defend Sunni Muslims from the onslaught of the Shia coming from Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and the Alawites men of the Assad regime of terror. Whether al-Taleb has the blessing from al-Saud or not is inconsequential because the family can no longer pretend as the pressure mounts against it in the region.
It”™s as official as it can get. Thanks to the stupidity of Assad and his barbaric men in power, the Alawites are now assuming the full responsibility of sparking the extension of war that started in the mid-14th century between Sunnis and Shia. Think about it, a group of terrorists that belong to a small 2-million mostly innocent minority have driven 350 million Muslims in the region and up to 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide to join their fight in Syria.
If this is not going to drag America in the middle, I will shut down my Blog forever.
Bravo Obama for ignoring what I have been warning against for over a year.