Angry Arab's introduction to Akram's latest report (report follows): I hesitated before I posted this. Akram, as you know now, is the Angry Arab correspondent in Syria. I have received various reports from Syrians, including from Akram, before I settled on Akram as the chief correspondent in Syria. I never met Akram and never asked for his political affiliations: I only knew of the sectarian affiliation of his family because he volunteered it when someone challenged his reports about the plight of Christians in Syria, when he maintained that there are no campaigns by rebel forces against Christians. But I must here and on other occasions state that I don't necessarily agree with all the conclusions by Akram (including in this report below) but I can certainly state that I trust that he reports in good faith and without any agenda whatsoever. I view him as an honest reporter even when I disagree with him. In the report below, I disagree: I believe that the regime bears a bigger responsibility and I don't think that one should find excuses for regime bombing of civilian targets. I don't believe that a regime can be dragged to kill its own people, especially when the Asad regime has had a long history of killing Syrians, Palestinians, and Lebanese. Now Akram's latest report:
"To be fair, one can't put all the blame of what's happening in Syria on the Syrian regime. No government in the world, were it authoritarian or democratic, accepts its sovereignty to be disputed. The fact is that the two parties bear equal responsibility for every drop of blood that fall on the Syrian ground.
28 years of fighting the Israeli occupation in South Lebanon, Hezbollah' first priority was the residents safety. It never tried to hold any town because it knew the catastrophic consequences of such an act. Instead, its focus was on making the occupation's life a hell by attacking the checkpoints and military barracks of the Israelis and their agents of the South Lebanon Army using the guerrilla warfare. Throughout this period, we never heard of the fall of a single civilian as a result of the resistance activities. But the Syrian "revolutionaries", in their savage fighting to topple the Syrian regime, don't care about the fate of the innocent civilians. By, deliberately, transferring the battle to the populated centers, the rebels are, partly, responsible for the destruction of cities and the killing and the displacement of the people they pretend to protect. They are, clearly and unethically, willing to drag the Syrian regime to commit atrocities in order to obtain the long- awaited western military intervention.
The big problem remains in the destructive tactic embraced by the Syrian regime. Contrary to all what we know about urban warfare, the Syrian army seems reluctant to engage its ground forces against the rebels, preferring, in many cases, to apply Harassing Fire, by mortars, howitzers and tanks, against the populated areas, where the insurgents are deployed, a tactic the effectiveness of which in eliminating the insurgents is questionable, while "mass destruction" that it holds to the targeted towns and neighborhoods can be, easily, predicted. Amazingly, the Syrian warplanes use low precision rockets against targets situated in the urban areas. According to a recent report of Human Rights Watch, the Syrian warplanes attacking a hospital in Aleppo, used S-5 rockets. S-5 is an unguided rocket. That is, it becomes out of control the same moment it's launched and it could, due to external factors, deviate from its course without the pilot can do anything. This fact may explain the high toll of civilian casualties in Azaz caused by another air strike. Reports said that two FSA facilities were in proximity of the targeted residential block but neither was damaged. It could be hard to be understood, unless the real objective is suppressing the "societal texture" that, as it's said, incubates the insurgents.
The war is still in its early beginnings, but the figures are already horrific: Hundreds of thousands of refugees in the neighboring countries living in bad conditions, 1.2 millions uprooted within the country, 2.5 million people in need of help, 5 devastated Provinces, and indices of a healthcare system that is in course to a full collapse.
Mutating into a proxy war, the Syrian crisis is getting uglier and bloodier. The international forces aren't just waiting on the sidelines; they are actively fighting to impose their conflicting agendas. With each passing day, more and more issues are added to the bloody negotiation between the United-States and Russia: today are the Iranian nuclear program, the former Soviet republics and the American missile shield, and tomorrow Asia-Pacific and the underground resources in the Arctic… and who knows what else. It’s now completely out of control of both warring sides, who doesn't seem willing to do anything to make the war bearable by the innocent people.
As the situation worsens, Syrians must never forget that, by stupidity and arrogance, the Syrian regime hasn't only declined to close the gaps that were opened one day of March 2011 when things were at its disposal, but also encouraged the emergence of sectarianism and worked relentlessly to eliminate the secular and peaceful elements of the uprising. Syrians must never forget the dirty role of the Muslim Brotherhoods in transforming the uprising into a sectarian conflict by opening the doors wide for the reactionary Gulf sheikhdoms and the anti-Arab forces to destroy the country."