After #Houla "the time has come to thank #KofiAnnan for his services and send him back home to Geneva."So went a popular tweet after the Houla massacre.
Now, after the Al-Kubeir massacre, it is time to call the UN mission to Syria for what it is, an enabler of massacres. Since, in the age of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, news of Assad's slaughter is bound to get out, its simply not practical to do nothing, hence the Kofi Anon plan, make speeches, send 300 monitors, etc. i.e. appear to be doing something so long as it does nothing to stop the slaughter.
This was demonstrated most tragically in the case of yesterday's massacre of men, women and children in the tiny Syrian settlement of Al-Kubeir. According Mail Online UN monitors are accused of ignoring 30 calls for assistance as the massacre was taking place.
A man who survived a massacre which left most of his village dead has described how his mother and six of his siblings - including 10-year-old twins - were brutally executed."Late in the day?" I'll say! I think it time we tell the UN monitors good night and good bye.
Leith al-Hamwy fled to an olive grove about 800 metres from the the tiny settlement of Al-Kubeir when soldiers closed in.
He finally emerged from hiding to find the men - allegedly government troops - had set his home on fire. His family burned to death inside.
'I saw bodies everywhere,' he said. 'Entire families shot or killed with sharp sticks and knives.'
(There were) burned bodies of children and women and girls were on the ground.
'I saw something you cannot imagine. It was a horrifying massacre... people were executed and burned. Bodies of young men were taken away.'
Around 100 people died at the site, many of them children. Eighteen homes had either been destroyed by shelling or burned down.
He vented his fury at UN observers for not arriving at the scene on Wednesday when they were called 'about 30 times, begging them to come to Al-Kubeir to see what was happening.'
'But they did not come. They might as well be working with the shabiha. We just can't take this any more... people are being killed, everything is a set-up, a lie. We only have God to rely on. Only God will help us.'
He also blamed UN observers for not heading to the site of the massacre quickly.
'When the army deployed there, and the shelling of around 20-25 houses started, activists called the UN monitors, who said they could not go because it was late in the day."
The Syrian people are organizing their own response to these atrocities. This just in:
Revolution Leadership Council of Damascus | Media Committee
Damascus Thursday, June. 7th, 2012
Midday Report - for Media Outlets
exceptional: about the dynamic in Damascus after the Massacre of al-Qubeir
Damascus was heated with late demos as people took to the streets in different areas of the city in protest to the Massacre. the following areas has witnessed late demonstrations:
Qaboun | people took to the street in a spontaneous demo despite the sounds of gunfire and blasts in the quarter
New Zahira |
Ruken Eddin | Regime forces faced protesters who took to the street after midnight with live ammunition and hand grenades. protesters made a prayer for the victims
another demo in the quarter
Khaled bin al-Walid St. |
a demo was staged after midnight in protest to the massacre committed in Hama (no video available)
another demo was staged after dawn
A morning demo was staged in Dakkak in solidarity with Hama
al-Hajar al-Asswad |
a campaign of graffiti writings on the walls calling for a strike in solidarity with the victims of al-Qubeir Massacre
An interview with the activist spraying the walls with writings
A demo was staged after dawn in solidarity with Hama
The dynamic in Damascus since morning till 5:00 pm
Al-Hajar al-Asswad |
A demo staged in solidarity with Hama and al-Haffa and the distressed cities
A general strike in the quarter in protest to al-Qubeir massacre
A victim called Mutaz Baha Haroub was buried under security surveillance and siege by seven people only. The victim was killed earlier by the regime forces and his dead body was abducted by the regime forces.
Kaber Atika |
A civilian called Iyad Ibrahim Zarzar was shot dead in Qazzaz Quarter yesterday evening. and his funeral is staged today in the afternoon.
End of the Midday Report
5:00 pm (Syria Time)