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Allegations Of Gunfire Near U.N. Monitors In Syria


U.N. peacekeepers arriving in Damascus April 16

When the Arab League thought it had a ceasefire agreement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, they sent in monitors. When the monitors found themselves in the vicinity of gunfire and the journalists accompanying them were hit with a mortar shell in the city of Homs, the monitors fled the country.

Well, if it worked once….

The six recently arrived United Nations monitors were driving through the Damascus suburb of Arbeen on Wednesday when someone opened fire on anti-Assad demonstrators in the streets. The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that eight people were wounded in the sniper attack.

The monitors are supposed to be setting up the framework for the arrival of up to 300 monitors drawn from several United Nations countries and making the necessary arrangements for the arrival of humanitarian aid for the sick and injured civilians in a dozen cities across Syria.




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One Response to Allegations Of Gunfire Near U.N. Monitors In Syria

  1. kafantaris

    April 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    We’ve lost our nerve in dealing with Assad. What are we afraid of? We’re on the side of the angels. Neither Russia nor China has any moral grounds to support this monster.
    If they choose to support him anyway in a military conflict, that’s their business. We will have the rest of the world on our side. And if Iran wants to get involved, let it. Before doing so, it should note that the easiest way to Iran is through Syria. And we will take that path and take them both out, if that’s what it takes.
    Yes, there would be loss of life. Yes, it would be costly. And yes, it would disrupt the world economies. The ugliness of war has not changed throughout the centuries.
    Nonetheless, there is no other way to get rid of these entrenched monsters. When the job is done, we will rebuild — as we had done after WWII.
    But we’d better act while the iron is still hot.