Syrian Revolution News Round-up Day 56: Monday, 9 May 2011

Syrian Emergency Task Force

“Inglorious Bastards”, with a Syrian Twist!

As the Assad-orchestrated crackdown takes place, the statements made by Assad officials proclaiming victory, make it clear that the Assads are not waging war against protesters only, but reality itself.

As Assad wages his reforms upon an unarmed population and his First lady teeters on the heels of her Louboutin shoes, protesters cannot but surrender themselves to the guttural urges of defiance.

There are currently 12 security checkpoints on the road from Damascus to Lattakia. Lattakia itself is filled with checkpoints and army barricades. No one is allowed in or out of Banyas. Only residents are allowed in and out of Jableh. Basic services in Deraa City, Banyas, major sections of Homs, Deir Ezzor, and the Damascene suburb of Mouaddamiyyeh are still down. There are no clear reports yet from Mouaddamiyyeh as to the exact nature of heavy gunfire and shelling overheard yesterday. The few reports we have spoke of “numerous” casualties, house-to-house man-hunt and hundreds of detentions, troops taking control of all local mosques, and fire raging in several locations.

Perhaps when the Presidential Advisor Bouthaini Shaaban speaks of “gaining the upper-hand” and of “containing the crisis” in the country, she’s simply referring to the recent success of the Assads in tightening their grip on the flow of information from Syria. But the demonstrable truth is that the Assads control doesn’t extend far beyond the shadows of their tanks and security officers. True, they took control of Deraa City, but they still don’t feel confident enough to allow UN humanitarian mission to pay a visit to the beleaguered place. Meanwhile, all other towns and villages in the Horan province (the Deraa Governorate) remain in a defiant mood with people holding daily protests calling for toppling the regime, and refuting official lies about armed gangs and infiltrators. Naturally, due to the absence of any security officers or army troops in these places, no violence has been reported. People are clearly safer and more secure in the absence of army and security officers in their midst – a clear sign as to the true identity of the infiltrators, who might just come aknocking soon.

For perhaps the Assads are not that far gone, and have not completely surrender themselves to that parallel reality yet, perhaps they do realize that the situation is still very much beyond their control and that the crackdown has not yet delivered the desired fruits, perhaps their statements are meant to stall and to fool whoever is willing to be fooled in the international community, perhaps that’s why they sent their troops to lay siege to another rebellious town in Horan yesterday: Jassem, and by default the nearby Ankhel as well.

Whatever the case maybe, if these kinds of statements are meant in any way to dampen the spirit of protesters, they are bound to fail, just like the crackdown itself is failing.

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