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SURPRISE SURPRISE, SYRIA BLOWS UP A BUNCH OF STUFF IN DAMASCUS
October 30 2012
Damascus, Syria – It seems, at this stage, that the war in Syria is never going to end. With now two attempts at ceasefires complete and utter failures and no signs of either side winning any ground from the other, it appears very likely that the war will just keep going and going and going.
That latest ceasefire was supposed to take effect over the weekend, a respite for the Eid Al-adha holiday but of course within hours of the start time the violence resumed, eventually killing, well, lots of people over the period. Now, officially separated from the requirements of that ceasefire, government officials have gone all out in their strikes against the rebels.
Today the principal target of the strikes is the suburbs of Damascus which has already seen heavy fighting. Warplanes began striking targets within those cities early on Monday in what is already being called one of the biggest and most aggressive assaults in the war yet, likely because they took it a little easy over the weekend. It’s not clear how many people have been killed so far but it’s probably plenty, though not enough.
“I am deeply disappointed that the parties failed to respect the call to suspend fighting. This crisis cannot be solved with more weapons and bloodshed. I remain committed to doing all I can to make this happen. As long as the international community remains at odds, the needs, attacks and suffering will only grow,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the latest violence.
Technically, Monday was supposed to be the final day of the ceasefire which clearly has gone out with a bang.
It’s not clear what outside forces will do about the latest round of violence but likely it will be nothing.
“It’s been pretty clear the ceasefire has been a failure, a complete and totally failure in fact. I mean there was some cessation of fire through the last few days as I guess some people really did want a break but clearly that is not something which has held, even a little bit, and now we are back to normal. Perhaps even more aggressive now that people have had a chance to rest,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “Hopefully the violence doesn’t continue, ah heck, no sense worrying about hoping for something like that. Of course it’s going to continue. It’s going to go on and on and on until, well, heck, I couldn’t even hazard a guess to be honest. They do seem to like killing each other in Syria.”
Syria also launched another shell into Turkey which of course had no obligation to respect the ceasefire or whatever they are calling it now.
“Hopefully these forces, both sides, will now understand what peace really feels like. Naw, I’m just kidding. They didn’t learn a single thing this weekend and didn’t even try. It’s like no one even tried to work out a ceasefire, they might as well not even have been there for all it’s worth,” continued Gerhswin. “They are just going to keep killing until the killing is done I suppose. No sense stopping if it’s something you love and no one’s making you stop, that would be silly and a waste. You have to do what you love and clearly killing is what they truly love in Syria.”
Government forces had no comment about the latest strikes because, well, their bombs spoke for them.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent