All interested parties would have been inside Syria by now...openly and boldly, without using the jihadi islamist terrorist gangs as proxies, if not for the Russian presence in Syria. According to latest reports, "regime" warplanes have targetted a bakery a few hours ago and more than 60 people are dead. I wonder what excuse the "regime" will give for this latest atrocity. Will it say that the warplanes didn't belong to them and that the opposition forces have access to warplanes or will it say that the people standing in queues for bread were actually terrorists and not innocent and hungry Syrians.
Both sides, Assad's as well as his opponents, are showing their true colors as the conflict intensifies. Muslims are murderous and death becomes them more than it did Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep.
Julian Borger writing at TheGuardianUK:
....Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.
The advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.
The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a campaign could have unpredictable geopolitical consequences.
Meanwhile, near-daily atrocities have kept western governments under pressure to act. A Syrian government air strike on a town near the central city of Hama on Sunday killed dozens of civilians queueing for bread, according to human rights activists.
Amateur footage from Halfaya showed mangled human remains strewn along a street where people had been blown off scooters and out of cars. One video showed a boy with his feet blown off. Piles of corpses could be seen beneath rubble outside a two-storey building the cameraman described as a bakery. It was unclear how many bodies were in the smoking ruins.
Human Rights Watch has previously accused the regime of targeting bakeries. The group warned the Assad regime that such targeted bombing of civilians represented war crimes. However, in the face of a Russian veto at the UN security council, the international criminal court has not had a mandate to investigate the atrocities committed by either side. The UN has put the death toll at more than 40,000 as the war continues to escalate....