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On The Ground In Homs: VIDEO

A very brave freelance documentarian has been shooting for weeks in the embattled Syrian city of Homs, where for nearly a month the forces of President Bashar al-Assad have been shelling residential neighborhoods. The documentarian has befriended members of the anti-Assad rebellion, and he records his videos in their midst -- battling government snipers in room-to-room combat, firefighting in the streets, tending to the dead. The video he's compiled and released to CNN represents some of the best and bravest war reporting I've seen in any format.

The video's twelve minutes long, and a lot of it will stick with you. I was especially struck by two things. First: Eight minutes and twenty some-odd seconds into the film, three men greet each other on a Homsian street, hugging and kissing, seemingly on the verge of tears. They look like friends or brothers who didn't expect to see each other alive again. Second: At video's end, a grandmother watches over a brood of children. Some of her own children are dead, but we don't know how many. She may not know either. She's utterly still, too furious and aggrieved even to scream.



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  1. I cannot watch the second clip. Just cannot. It hurts.

    Intervention is needed. Syria has no real exports. We have to help these people.

    But then, look how well that things have gone in Egypt.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 26, 2012 6:14:26 PM

  2. Paul R, you cannot help these people. The "Arab Spring" will replace Arab dictatorships with Islamic theocracies. That is exactly what they are fighting for: more Islam. The idea of an Arab democracy, in which human rights and civil rights are protected, is a mirage.

    Did you protest "intervention" when Saddam Hussein was gassing the Kurds?

    Posted by: Max | Feb 26, 2012 9:15:33 PM

  3. Max, I'm not sure that I get your point. If you're suggesting that I would support gassing anyone, you are entirely wrong. Especially Kurds, of the three main ethnicities in Iraq.

    I also do not share your seemingly bitter view of Islam and the Arabic world. But that's simply opinion.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 26, 2012 11:37:02 PM

  4. Max is right. Theocracy - anti woman, anti gay, anti art, anti creativity - theocracy.

    It is not bitter, it is what is happening.

    My question - how do you battle snipers in room to room combat? Snipers are elevated and distant. They do not do hand to hand. Is this just propaganda? Or is it real?

    Posted by: ted | Feb 26, 2012 11:48:16 PM

  5. Ted: Thanks for reading. The rebels invaded the building where the snipers were stationed. This is explained in the vid. - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Feb 27, 2012 12:38:59 AM

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