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Syria: Five Days to 'Ceasefire,' Assad Intensifies Crackdown

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Activists said a government assault in Douma was 'one of the most violent campaigns against the area' so far.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:16 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 8:52 pm
It appears that President Bashar Assad wants to kill, maim and traumatize as many of his protestors as possible before the ceasefire begins. As the article states, he could put a stop to this savagery at any time, but he chooses not to. This man isn't interested in peace; he's interested in power, and he's so power hungry that he's willing to kill anyone who would stand in his way. Unfortunately, he isn't fit to rule. A real leader doesn't kill and torture his countrymen --and certainly not the children!

Ellen m (215)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 11:20 pm
Oops, misplaced my "surprised face" again. Bastard!
Know to wait and see what our "pillow hugger" has to say to justify these actions :-)

Don Saunders (151)
Friday April 6, 2012, 2:49 am
there is an enormous amount of wealth and people behind both sides of this conflict ,, all out war is a frightening concept that could continue for years,, here's to hoping that cooler heads prevail ..

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Friday April 6, 2012, 4:02 am

Kerrie G (116)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:53 am
Noted, thanks.

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Friday April 6, 2012, 10:07 am
Thanks for the update.

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Friday April 6, 2012, 12:47 pm
Noted, but I can't sign as I don't live in the US.

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Friday April 6, 2012, 12:51 pm
Oops. I posted the wrong comment on this thread.

So, the "activists" speak again. And these externally financed and directed rebels are supposed to be given some creedence, are they? Give us a break.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday April 6, 2012, 7:12 pm
I agree with Susanne - Assad wants rid of as many of the opposition as possible in the short time left to a cease fire. Thanks Cal.

Lynn S (235)
Friday April 6, 2012, 8:15 pm
Even his uncle, his father's brother who once tried to wrest the presidency away from Hafes al-Assad, said that Bashar Al-Assad is done. Others have said the same thing. The only one that appears not to believe it is Bashar himself. I wonder how much pressure to stay the course is being put on him by his Alawite people? I have previously read that Bashar did not want the presidency but was given no choice by his father. Nonetheless, if he wants a chance to see his children grow up, he'd better stop now. There is absolutely no excuse for torture and murder of men, women and children. He should be shipped off, along with top generals, to the ICC in the Hague to stand trial for genocide.

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Saturday April 7, 2012, 3:15 am
Lynn Squance

Oh. We are meant to listen to an embittered exile who hasn't been home for years now? One moreover who has reason to spread disinformation about the legitimate government of peace loving Syria. As for being "done", you are out of touch. Opinion polls have shown that al-Assd has majority support. Demos of a million regularly turn out in his favour. Unless the unholy coalition arrayed against him (Qatar, KSA, al Qaeda, NATO) steps up its wicked machinations, he is there to stay. The armed rebels have realised that attempting to take whole towns is a losing strategy. Now they are in disarray.
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