As usual the Mainstream Media of which REUTERS is the granddaddy presents only side of the story. The way the following report is written it would appear that the only bad guys in Syria were the Government leaders and the Syrian Army. They conveniently forget that there are heavily Armed Rebels in Syria that are doing just as much killing as the troops, if not more. The fact is that the Government, as in Libya, is on the defensive facing a Rebel army that has more firepower and more money than the Government of Syria does. So it is clear that the Media agenda is the same as the US / NATO agenda of invading Syria and launching World War 3, beginning in the Middle East. It amazes me that in this supposedly 'Information Age' where facts can be determined at the click of mouse, Reuters etal. are unable to determine that which is truth and that which is a lie! The only logical conclusion that one can draw here is that the Media / Military / Political complex wants more of that which seems to become their very Raison d'être, which is Wars, Big Wars and Bigger Wars! Rumors of wars will soon turn to actual wars, of which Syria will be the latest in a series of wars but by no means the biggest or the last one.
ANTAKYA, Turkey |
(Reuters) - A military bombardment of a town in central Syria killed 30 people on Monday on the eve of a scheduled army withdrawal from urban areas, opposition activists said, dashing the prospects of a U.N.-brokered ceasefire taking hold.
Government troops and rebel forces also clashed near Syria's border withTurkey, activists said.
Two Syrian refugees and a Turkish translator were wounded by gunfire from Syria at a refugee camp in Turkish territory, Turkish officials said, drawing an angry response from the Ankara government.
The unrelenting violence indicated that a peace plan promoted by international envoy Kofi Annan and initially accepted by both sides was in tatters.
Syria was to have started pulling troops out of towns and cities by Tuesday, paving the way for a ceasefire to start 48 hours later.
But President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said his foes must give written guarantees they would stop fighting and lay down their arms - a demand they immediately rejected.
Nor did government forces show any sign they were starting to pull back on Monday.
"April 10 has become void," Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru said in Ankara, referring to the deadline.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in Brussels that adding new conditions was totally unacceptable.
China, which has supported Assad in his year-long effort to crush the uprising against his family's dynastic rule, called on both sides to honor the ceasefire and support Annan's efforts.
Russia, which has defended him in the U.N. Security Council and remains Assad's most important ally, stopped short of pressing him to rein in his army.
"Attempts to force a solution on Syria from outside will lead only to an escalation of tension," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said. "Everything must follow from respect for Syria's sovereignty, and violence must be stopped."
Middle East specialist Augustus Richard Norton of Boston University said the collapse of the ceasefire was unsurprising.
"The Syrian regime does not understand compromise. Its ethos is ‘rule or die," he told Reuters in Beirut.