Syria cracks down on protesters, 37 over 100 dead

posted at 3:35 pm on March 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As the West continues bombardment of Libya, another Arab govermment has opened fire on its citizens to suppress dissent.  In Deraa, Syria, at least 37 people died as security forces from the Bashar Assad attacked a demonstration today:

The main hospital in the southern Syrian city of Deraa has received the bodies of at least 37 protesters who were killed in a confrontation with security forces, a hospital official said Thursday.

Security forces opened fire on hundreds of youths at the northern entrance to Deraa Wednesday afternoon, according to witnesses, in a dramatic escalation of nearly a week of protests in which at least 44 civilians have been killed since Friday.

Around 20,000 people marched Thursday in the funerals for nine of those killed, chanting freedom slogans and denying official accounts that infiltrators and “armed gangs” are behind the killings and violence in Deraa.

“Traitors do not kill their own people … God, Syria, Freedom. The blood of martyrs is not spilled in waste!” they chanted in Deraa’s southern cemetery.

The protests have taken a promising turn, according to Reuters.  Demonstrators have explicitly criticized Assad’s alliance with Iran.  In fact, in a separate incident nearby, security forces killed two more protesters in a demonstration where people chanted, “Honorable Syrians don’t rely on Iran or Hezbollah,” indicating that Syria’s puppetry on behalf of radical Shi’ite terrorism doesn’t enjoy widespread popularity.

Here we have another Arab dictator in a nation with diplomatic ties to the US opening fire on his own people to keep from losing his grip on power — this one with ties to one of our most dangerous foes in the world, and certainly the most dangerous in that region.  Going to war against Syria would be madness for a number of reasons, but will Barack Obama declare that Assad needs to “transition” himself from power?  Obama had no problem telling that to Hosni Mubarak, who hadn’t opened fire on demonstrations after they erupted in Cairo.

Update: The Jerusalem Post puts the number of those killed at more than 100.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

So, when does the next “kinetic military action” ensue over there?

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:37 PM

We are going to need to get volume discount on Tomahawk missiles. /s

Oil Can on March 24, 2011 at 3:37 PM

We can haz Kinetic Military Action too….
/Syria

ted c on March 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM

No oil in Syria. Next!

a capella on March 24, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Least they won’t become Jihadast..lol

hawkman on March 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I see an opportunity for a new war and then a vacation!

Chuck Schick on March 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Just a grim reminder: Syria (then led by the current toad’s father) is the place that gave us the “Hama Rules.”

DRPrice on March 24, 2011 at 3:39 PM

“Meh.”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on March 24, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I’m dusting off my map of the Ottomon Empire.

WashJeff on March 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Asaad has a rose in the desert as his wife. Leave him alone.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Once you open a can of worms…..

sandee on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

We didn’t do anything in 1982 when they massacred 40,000 people (Muslim Brotherhood) in the city of Hama (to busy being upset over the Sabra and Shatila massacre) and we aren’t going to do anything now.

Nor should we.
We are not the world’s policemen.

sharrukin on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

If Obama intervenes it will be in support of the Syrian regime. He always takes the side of the radical jihadis in any middle east conflict.

tommyboy on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Well we would have to get flyover rights, but I think Israel might be amenable to that.

rbj on March 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

KMA part deux

cmsinaz on March 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Once you open a can of worms…..

sandee on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

…they turn out to be leeches.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Invoke the Obama Doctrine. “Go for it.”

Cicero43 on March 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM


“Traitors do not kill their own people … God, Syria, Freedom. The blood of martyrs is not spilled in waste!”

Pppfftttt … that doesn’t even rhyme, you guys need Codepink to help out with your chanting.

Try this … “Hey hey, ho ho, the Assad regime has got to go!”

Works everytime!

Tony737 on March 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

K iss
M uzzie
A rses

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:46 PM

If Obama intervenes it will be in support of the Syrian regime. He always takes the side of the radical jihadis in any middle east conflict.

tommyboy on March 24, 2011 at 3:43 PM

If that were Obama’s intervention strategy, then he’d be in favor of deposing the Assad regime. The Assad family are Alawis–very, very unorthodox Muslims despised by Sunni and Shia alike. The Assads are no friends to Islamists inside their borders.

DRPrice on March 24, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Assad:

- helped the bombers of the Lebanon barracks killing hundreds of Americans
- helped the “insurgents” in Iraq to kill Americans
- assassinated Hariri destabilizing Lebanon and handing power there over to Hezbollah
- continues to dominate Lebanon make it the hellhole that it is
- armed and supported Hezbollah in their war against our ally
- continues to assist Iran to arm terrorists who kill Americans and our allies

Yeah, we should be farking around in Libya instead.

MJBrutus on March 24, 2011 at 3:51 PM

In other news, Obama, taking a page from JFK, announces plans to develop the moon as the next hot vacation destination. He blasts off tomorrow to oversee the initial planning.

csdeven on March 24, 2011 at 3:52 PM

DRPrice on March 24, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I suspect Barry’s selection criteria involves staying far away from the big dogs, hence his timidity with Iran and faux courage in Libya. He might have Hillary lob a diplospeak admonishment mortar round into the compound, but other than that, it’ll be an internal affair in which we don’t wish to meddle. We’ve heard that tune before.

a capella on March 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Pppfftttt … that doesn’t even rhyme, you guys need Codepink to help out with your chanting.

Try this … “Hey hey, ho ho, the Assad regime has got to go!”

Works everytime!

Tony737 on March 24, 2011 at 3:45 PMPppfftttt … that doesn’t even rhyme, you guys need Codepink to help out with your chanting.

Try this … “Hey hey, ho ho, the Assad regime has got to go!”

Works everytime!

Tony737 on March 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I assume you are joking about whether translated arabic rhymes; right?

KW64 on March 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Cascade effect*, the plush cushion the President rests his royal hiney on was not to be found.

*Syria’s spiked collar carries the key to the magic medallion around the axis of evil’s neck.

Bring down or corrupt to uselessness, Iran’s rabid attack dog and the middle east’s delusions of grandeur Persian style is on the ropes.

Some are great without trial, some are great by opportunity and others are great because its thrust upon them while kicking and screaming.

Lets see who grabs the ring.

Speakup on March 24, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Problems in Syria?

Looks like a job for Mr. “Bad Ass” Christopher Hitchens!

HondaV65 on March 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM

In other news, Obama, taking a page from JFK, announces plans to develop the moon as the next hot vacation destination. He blasts off tomorrow to oversee the initial planning.

csdeven on March 24, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Nah, friend. NASA is now in charge of the KMAs.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Who ya gonna call? Captain Kickass or Captain Kinetic?

Decisions, decisions.

Dusty on March 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

HondaV65 on March 24, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Where’s that Japanese guy, or the Gurkha? They would have Syria cleaned up by lunchtime.

a capella on March 24, 2011 at 3:57 PM

WTF!

huckleberryfriend on March 24, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I assume you are joking about whether translated arabic rhymes; right? – KW64

Yeah I figured that was a given.

Tony737 on March 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Maybe the BATFE could “Walk” a few guns over there as well.

Galt2009 on March 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Where’s that Japanese guy, or the Gurkha? – A Cap

If you liked those two stories, you’ll freakin’ LOVE this book …

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Badass/Ben-Thompson/e/9780061959172/?itm=6&USRI=badass

Tony737 on March 24, 2011 at 4:02 PM

But no – seriously …

Everyone is wondering what the hell is going on with uprisings all over the middle east. Everyone’s head is exploding! Unable to process! What can we do besides nothing?!

Seroiusly – this should be looked upon as a BLESSING – and not something to cause paralyzing fear.

This is a D1ck Cheney WET DREAM! Cheney would have “surfed” this turmoil with delight and glee until he went blind!

Fire all the ATF agents – abolish the ATF – then hire all the ATF agents back as CIA agents and send them to Libya … Tunisia … Yemen … Syria … Iran!

Mold these uprisings into something that can create a better world.

Look – if you ain’t on the field – you ain’t in the game and can’t points on the board. Everyone else is on this damn field and they are going to ensure the outcome fits them!

Don’t let it happen – GET ON THE FIELD!!

This is a GENERATIONAL-ONCE-IN-A-CENTURTY opportunity to move the the middle east into a more peaceful posture. Sure – we could FAIL if we tried it. But …

We’re failing NOW by just watching the game from the grandstand.

Get on the damn field! Because D1ck Cheney and D1ck Nixon would damn sure be on it!!

HondaV65 on March 24, 2011 at 4:02 PM

The Assads are no friends to Islamists inside their borders.
DRPrice on March 24, 2011 at 3:47 PM

The Assads ARE the islamists inside the borders. Nothing more than Iranian puppets. IF you contract yourself out to the islamists, then you are jihadi.

tommyboy on March 24, 2011 at 4:03 PM

So, Libya is not longer a KMA.

It is this

U.S. officials avoid describing the operation as a war. White house press secretary Jay Carney said it was “a time-limited, scope-limited military action.”

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

no longer..oh, well, KMA is still out.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Look! Here’s the deal, if you are the head of an Islamic country and you are not repressing or not currently slaughtering your people then you ain’t doin’ it right.

esnap on March 24, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I’m dusting off my map of the Ottomon Empire.

WashJeff on March 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Would you like your new Ottoman Empire with or without caliphate?

TexasDan on March 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Ah right, it’s a TLSLMA. Of course.

MJBrutus on March 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM

So, Libya is not longer a KMA.

It is this

U.S. officials avoid describing the operation as a war. White house press secretary Jay Carney said it was “a time-limited, scope-limited military action.”
Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

911 Caller: OMG!!! my wife is not breathing, she is turning blue and I tried CPR”

911 Operator: “Sir – it is commnly referred to trachial obstruction, of which one needs to administer a pulminary infusion upon the thorax”

911 Caller “Huh… MY WIFE IS NOT BREATHING I NEED AN AMBULANCE MY ADDRESS IS 733 North Wal…”

911 Operator: “Sir – again , it is a trachial obtruction… oh wait – hmm, could be a ventriculated valve causing a …”

It wouldnt be so funny if our troops lives werent at stake…

Odie1941 on March 24, 2011 at 4:17 PM

[Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM]

LOL. Clown show.

It’s only 4:17 PM EDT. There’s still time today to try again.

Dusty on March 24, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Complete and utter madness.

scalleywag on March 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM

If Iran owns it the it is hands off by Obama…

albill on March 24, 2011 at 4:20 PM

I have Christian friends there. They like Assad, as they believe he is much more tolerant of Christians than most other leaders in the area. I think they will be looking for a way out if this continues.

bopbottle on March 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Anyone do a cost benefit analysis for this one yet?

Caper29 on March 24, 2011 at 4:27 PM

This will be the usual model… Egypt was the exception, not the rule…

Khun Joe on March 24, 2011 at 4:51 PM

What is 100 people, when his father put down a rebellion and murdered over 10,000.

The Kurds in northern Iraq have checkpoints coming into their area of control. When asked why do they do this, their response is that Arabs are crazy.

SC.Charlie on March 24, 2011 at 5:04 PM

It would be interesting to see Syria’s government implode… it would give the Kurds in the eastern part of the nation a chance to actually stage a successful uprising and secede from Syria… and join with their cousins in Iraq.

Throw in some of the less than sane, but rather small in population arab tribes in the desert to eliminate border problems and we could start to see something very interesting. A re-alignment of demographics in Iraq.

Change the Kurds upwards by 5%.

Add 5% to the Sunni Arabs.

That moves the Shia Arabs down to 45%.

A plurality power-brokering Nation emerges.

Fun, fun, fun!

And with the way the Kurds do things, seeing that Obama is incompetent and all, they just might direct some funds and arms to their cousins in Syria to get a better power bloc in Iraq. That would then destabilize Iran, losing Syria as its ally.

Then its time to funnel some arms and funds to the Kurds in Iran.

Fun times ahead in the cross-roads and most important part of the ME, we happen to call Iraq.

ajacksonian on March 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Uhhhh…. Syrians aren’t real people, they’re Syrians… So the Obama doctrine doesn’t count…

You know, sort of like how women under Sharia law don’t have the same privileges as men…

Any more questions?

drfredc on March 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Demonstrators have explicitly criticized Assad’s alliance with Iran.

Which is exactly why Urkel won’t back these demonstrators. He always sides with the Islamists, always.

AZfederalist on March 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Ugh. I missed this thread. Drudge now has in his header “Syria Next?”

Incidently, last month I was outraged. Vogue magazine (with Ruth Buzzi look-a-like Lady Gaga on the cover) had a disgusting puff-piece on Asma Assad, wife of dictator Bashar al-Assad. To read it, it would make your brain explode. They made it seem as if she was the first lady of a new, emerging democracy.

Read about it HERE.

Really, it was one of the most DISGUSTING articles I ever read. I actually bought the stupid rag just for the article (saw it advertised on the cover) and I was thunderstruck how little they told the truth about Syria and how sugar-coated it all was.

It also showcased Asma Assad (unintentionally) as a sicko sadist to young children. Teasing them in a very cruel way.

No mention of how her dishy (sarc!) hubby is consistantly named as one of the 10 worst dictators in the world. That Anna Wintour and the author should be publically flogged. How fortunate that some women in the world can relax without the constraints of Sharia Law and think of nothing but selfish pampering and crap!!!

Gob on March 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Asaad has a rose in the desert as his wife. Leave him alone.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Schaden, I should have known you would be on top of this! Danke!!!

Linky HERE!

Gob on March 24, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Count on Obama never to do the right thing.

scotash on March 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM