The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “U.N. monitors shot at in Syria, Annan plan CRUMBLES” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/syria-accused-massacre-u-n-meets-005909027.html). “crumbles” has VERY NEGATIVE connotations.
“U.N. monitors came under fire on Thursday (June 7, 2012) while trying to investigate reports of a new massacre that raised the pressure on world powers struggling to halt the carnage in Syria, where a U.N.-Arab League peace plan has all but COLLAPSED” . This is obviously NOT good.
“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as “UNSPEAKABLE BARBARITY” the reported killing of at least 78 villagers by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad”.
“Speaking at a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on Syria, international envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged his peace plan WAS NOT working and said THERE MUST BE “consequences” for those who do not comply with it”. Again, “must” will require the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), which, again, is UGLY.
“Ban said hopes for consolidating the peace plan were FADING and Annan himself warned the U.N. Security Council that the crisis in Syria could soon spiral out of control, diplomats said. Annan, Ban’s predecessor as U.N. Secretary General, called for “SUBSTANTIAL pressure” on Damascus to stop the violence”. “substantial pressure”, again, should require the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL:
“Opposition activists said up to 40 WOMEN and CHILDREN were among those killed in the Sunni Muslim village of Mazraat al-Qubeir on Wednesday (June 6, 2012), posting film on the Internet of BLOODIED or CHARRED bodies“, the latest GRUESOME sights/images. Let’s also note ” WOMEN and children”, ESPECIALLY WOMEN, because OK “children” ARE INDEED vulnerable because they lack the ability to protect themselves, but WOMEN are DEPICTED in such a manner, es
According to “a Mazraat al-Qubeir resident who told how he had watched Syrian troops and “shabbiha” gunmen attack his village as he hid in his family’s olive grove”, “There was SMOKE RISING FROM THE BUILDINGS and A HORRIBLE SMELL OF HUMAN FLESH BURNING“, another GRUESOME sight/image. “he told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified because he feared for his safety”. “It was like A GHOST TOWN. After the shabbiha and tanks left, the first thing I did was RUN TO MY HOUSE. It was BURNED. All SEVEN people from my house were killed. I saw BODIES on the stairs, the bathroom and bedroom. They were all BURNED“. This is the latest thing that should make us SICK TO OUR STOMACHS.
“The latest reports from the ground cast a long shadow over a day of consultations and DEBATE on Syria at the United Nations”. As we know, “debate” among POLITICIANS is often highly contentious.
“Ban told the 193-nation assembly” “Today’s news reports of another massacre in (Mazraat) al-Qubeir … are SHOCKING and SICKENING” obviously.
“A Syrian official denied reports from the village, telling the state news agency that residents had asked security forces for help after “terrorists” killed nine women and children”. Again, this is THE SAME OLD rhetoric.
“Assad, who has yet to comment on Wednesday’s (June 6, 2012) violence, decried the Houla killings as “monstrous” and DENIED his forces were responsible“. Of course, according to Assad, “terrorists” are responsible.
“Video purportedly from Mazraat al-Qubeir showed THE BODIES OF at least a dozen WOMEN and CHILDREN wrapped in blankets or white shrouds, as well as the remains of BURNED CORPSES“, which, again, is GRUESOME.
“the cameraman (asks), focusing on a dead INFANT’S face“,”These are THE CHILDREN of the Mazraat al-Qubeir massacre … Look, YOU Arabs and Muslims, IS THIS A TERRORIST?” Children CANNOT be “terrorists”. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. Let’s also note that “You Arabs and Muslims” is a statement of ANGER. “This woman was a SHEPHERD and this was a SCHOOLGIRL“, neither of which ARE ANYWHERE CLOSE to resembling terrorists, unless we’re talking about Bashar al-Assad.
“British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters there was evidence of “ESCALATING criminality” by pro-government forces. “Syria is clearly ON THE EDGE (?) … of DEEPER VIOLENCE, of deep SECTARIAN violence; VILLAGE AGAINST VILLAGE, pro-government militias against opposition areas and of looking more like Bosnia in the 1990s than of Libya last year (2011)”. Of course, there was horrific ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_War).
“Moscow has used its U.N. Security Council veto and other tools to protect Assad, WHO HAS GIVEN Russia A FIRM FOOTHOLD in the Middle East and IS A BUYER OF Russian weapons”. Of course this is the latest/another case of blatant SPECIAL INTERESTS.
“A senior Russian diplomat said Moscow would accept a YEMEN (?)-style power transition in Syria if it were decided by the people, referring to a deal under which Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in February (2012) after a year of unrest”. THIS IS A FARCE because Saleh only transferred power to HIS DEPUTY ABD RABBUH MANSOUR AL-HADI (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Abdullah_Saleh), which is exactly like HOSNI MUBARAK handing over power to MOHAMMED HUSSEIN TANTAWI in EGYPTThese are clearly NOT democratic transitions.
According to Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, “The Yemen scenario was discussed by the Yemenis themselves. If this scenario is discussed by Syrians themselves and is adopted by them, we ARE NOT against it“. REALLY?
“Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Russia “MOST DECISIVELY condemns the barbarous acts of violence” reported on Wednesday (June 6, 2012), but HE DID NOT ASSIGN BLAME“. NO SURPRISE THERE.
Finally, “Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin warned countries arming Syria’s opposition that such weapons could end up in the hands of “TERRORISTS“. This is exactly what BASHAR AL-ASSAD would say.
To conclude, let’s go back to the title: “U.N. monitors shot at in Syria, Annan plan CRUMBLES“. Does this mean then that SYRIA IS NOW HEADED TOWARD THE ABYSS? RUSSIA CLEARLY SEEMS TO BE AFRAID OF SYRIA.