The title of a Reuters article released on February 22, 2012 is “Assad forces bomb Syria’s Homs” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/us-syria-idUSL5E8DB0BH20120222).
Homs activist Abu Abei, “Helicopters flew reconnaissance overhead and) then the BOMBARDMENT started“.
“French President Nicolas Sarkozy described the deaths of the two journalists, French photographer Remi Ochlik and American Marie Colvin of Britain’s Sunday Times as an ASSASSINATION and said the Assad era HAD TO end”. “had to?” Assad WILL NOT leave without a fight this the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “THAT’S ENOUGH NOW. This regime MUST go and there is no reason that Syrians don’t have the right to live their lives and choose their destiny freely. If journalists WERE NOT there, the massacres would be A LOT WORSE“. Unfortunately, many “journalists” have had to pay a price for their efforts to try and disseminate what’s going on in the Arab world and of course, we are mourning the losses of MARIE COLVIN and REMI OCHLIK.
“Sunday Times editor John Witherow said the journalists may have been DELIBERATELY TARGETED“. Speaking to the BBC, Witherow said: “Given (Syrian security forces’) attitude towards the media, their HOSTILITY …then IT IS QUITE REASONABLE TO ASSUME that they were TARGETING ANY journalists there“.
“Britain’s foreign office summoned the Syrian ambassador to London to stress the “grief” felt over the deaths of Colvin and Ochlik and demanded that British photographer Paul Conroy, injured in the same attack, receive medical treatment”. We can refer to CNN‘s BROOKE BALDWIN‘s interview with Dr. AMER SAYED who said that Assad and his cronies made treating injured civilians and dissidents, including journalists A CRIME (Web-site/URL: http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/).
According to “a member of Avaaz (a global advocacy group for journalists)”, “We are DESPERATELY trying to get her (Edith Bouvier, a reporter for French newspaper Le Figaro) out, doing all we can in EXTREMELY PERILOUS circumstances” obviously.
“A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the shelling of civilian areas and said the Syrian army appeared “the use of artillery and other heavy weaponry“. NO SURPRISE THERE.
“A Lebanese official who is CLOSE TO (?) the Syrian government said (that) Assad wants to BATTER Homs INTO SUBMISSION before a referendum this Sunday (February 26, 2012) on a new constitution”. “batter into submission” is clearly AGGRESSIVE, BRUTAL and the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also,”A Lebanese official who is close to the Syrian government” is troubling because Lebanon is supposed to be a “parliamentary democracy” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon#Government_and_politics) while Syria is ruled by a LUNATIC DICTATOR. Let’s also note that Lebanon is the home country of CNN anchor/correspondent RIMA MAKTABI so surely she would find this troubling.
“the Lebanese official told Reuters in Beirut” “President Assad wants to FINISH THE Homs SITUATION by Sunday (February 26, 2012) to prepare for the constitutional referendum” to GIVE HIM A MANDATE TO RULE FOREVER. “Then, he will turn to Idlib” TO CONTNUE HIS KILLING FEST.
According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, “We DO NOT believe that adding to the militarization of Syria is the right approach“…but he reiterated that Washington WAS NOT “ruling actions out IN THE FUTURE” of course. NO ONE CAN PREDICT what might happen “in the future”.
Finally, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Carla Haddad, “THE SITUATION IS DIFFICULT (obviously) and WE ARE WORRIED IT IS DETERIORATING. Everybody is focused on Homs, but WE SHOULDN’T TURN A BLIND EYE TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OTHER AREAS” obviously.
So, the situation in Syria is still VERY BAD and we can only WAIT and SEE IF the UN can do ANYTHING and HOPE they can do something to stop this killing fest.