Like the French movie, La Diner des Cons,” the public is taken to be the little suckers that seem such an agreeable role, preordained path of least resistance as long as there are a few crumbs left on the table. Obama is hugging the destitute victims from Sandy, photo-ops for all the vital micro-contituencies needed to carry the electoral college; there is dancing, smiling, the great new “hope” and “change” has reemerged, like a phantom Loch Ness or Sasquatch, there are sightings, not overly verifiable but they will be researched and documented: after the election and into the wastebasket like an Obama lay-up with all the UFO sitings. Meanwhile back at the ranch, in thos wild outposts of American freedom and democracy the killing goes on unabated.
Syria reminds me of the type of books in the late stages of WWII that began appearing; in particular Edgar Snow’s People on Our Side, which portrayed Mao Zedong as a benign agrarian democrat and not someone grabbing China’s imperial authoritarian tradition to invoke totalitarian communism as an eternal Tang Dynasty. Mao was a guy on our side because of his perceived role in fighting fascism. It was a view Snow later waffled on though he continued to promote Mao as a progressive force who deep down desired a democratic free China. Hard to understand how Snow could have been so deluded, but it worked in shaping public opinion, the same way the media supported the Free Syrian Army as a source of Arab integrity; ambassadors of the American spirit that fired the imagination of the founding fathers….Some things never change….
(see link at end)…On Wednesday, the Obama administration said it would push for a major shakeup in the opposition leadership so that it better represents the fighters risking their lives on the frontlines. At least 36,000 people have been killed since the uprising began 19 months ago, according to anti-regime activists.
It was a signal that Syria’s political opposition is increasingly irrelevant, as it’s become clearer that the conflict will be decided by fighters.
In the latest violence, anti-government rebels killed 28 soldiers on Thursday in attacks on three army checkpoints around Saraqeb, a town on Syria’s main north-south highway, a monitoring group said.
Some of the dead were shot after they had surrendered, according to video footage. Rebels berated them, calling them “Assad’s Dogs,” before firing round after round into their bodies as they lay on the ground.
Syrian opposition figures have called on the U.S. and other Western supporters to provide the rebels with strategic weapons, such as anti-aircraft missiles, to counter the Assad regime’s military superiority and help the rebels break the battlefield stalemate. However, the U.S. has been cool to the idea. It fears that such weapons could fall into the hands of radical Islamists fighting on the rebel side who might one day use them against the U.S. and its allies. Read More:http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/01/14861629-syrian-opposition-wary-of-us-push-to-coalesce-leadership?lite
…The execution of the soldiers, which was documented in a graphic video posted online Thursday, is not the first time that rebel fighters appear to have committed war crimes. U.N. representatives and human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the Syrian opposition in recent months for carrying out summary executions and for abusing detainees.
In early August, members of a clan loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were executed by rebels, and a video of the killings was widely disseminated on the Internet. The executions prompted some commanders of the opposition Free Syrian Army to draft a code of conduct for their fighters in an attempt to curb human rights abuses. But the execution of the soldiers Thursday indicated that the code is not being observed by all rank-and-file rebel fighters.Read More: