To commemorate the Syrian army's assault on Deraa "In response to the calls for help from the citizens of Daraa and their appeal to the Armed Forces as to intervene and put an end to the operations of killings, vandalism, and horrifying by extremist terrorist groups... to restore tranquility, security and normal life to the citizens..." as reported by the official Syrian News Agency, here are a couple of videos of military action from the Golan Heights and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The first shows Syrian infantry advancing under heavy fire behind the cover of armor on the Golan Heights :
Actually the video was shot on April 23 in Syria with military units taking up "positions" to "secure" the country. You can tell it's quite a dangerous deployment with armed terrorists and salafi gangs - clearly visible - (01:08) looking on, preparing to slaughter the soldiers.
And the second video comes from the West Bank, Israeli forces, business as usual, doing the usual job of putting down the uprising by Palestinians calling for freedom. Note the sniper having a field day? Notice how no one is shooting back at him?
But wait... The uniforms don't look right. Oh! These are actually Syrian troops firing on their own citizens in Deraa on April 25! You have to admit this scene would not look out of place in the West Bank.
Oddly enough, on Monday as the Deraa story was developing I heard a news anchor interview an eyewitness in Deraa who said he was coming under fire from a Syrian army sniper:
Eyewitness: The sniper is shooting at me now
Anchor (sounding dubious): How come we can't hear the gunshots?
Maybe it has something to do with snipers being able to fire from distances up to 1500-2000 meters/yards or so away! Genius.
Syrian TV has broadcast images of weapons and ammunition which it said were found in the mosque at the center of the anti-regime protests.
So I'm wondering, if the protesters had all these guns and ammo, how come is it they didn't shoot back at the security forces when they stormed the mosque and killed 5 protesters and a doctor? Strange, huh!
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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