Syrian forces 'ordered to shoot to kill'

Bear in mind, Al-Jazeera reflects the Sunni party line which would love nothing more than to see the Alawites fall. Syria is a very complex place and any sort of freedom vs tyranny narrative isn’t going to do it justice.The incidents reported in this article are probably true but may not be reflective of the situation as a whole.

That’s oversimplifying things: Al-Jazeera covered the Bahrain suppression of Shi’a protesters by Saudi troops, but was visibly uncomfortable with it. If they have any “party line” it’s as a tabloid that likes news. They do occasionally take direction from the Qatari government (which owns them) but are independent far more than any other Arab media source.

In any event there’s plenty of eyewitness testimony of Syrian soldiers opening fire en masse reported by neutral outside sources.

Not to mention some Western media sources.

Supporters of the Syrian government have stormed the US and French embassies in Damascus, prompting strong condemnation by the two countries’ officials.

Witnesses describing Monday’s assault said the attackers smashed windows and raised a Syrian flag at the US diplomatic compound and wrote anti-American graffiti referring to the US ambassador as a “dog”.

A US official said the mob breached the wall of the embassy compound before being dispersed by Marine Corps guards.

No buildings were entered and there were no injuries to embassy personnel, but one of the office buildings was damaged and Syrian security forces were slow to respond, the official said.

The official further said the Obama administration will formally protest and may seek compensation for damage caused by the attack.

Following the embassy assault, the residence of the US ambassador, Robert Ford, was attacked by a mob.

Later, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said the Syrian leader had lost legitimacy.

“If anyone, including President [Bashar] Assad, thinks that the United States is secretly hoping that the regime will emerge from this turmoil to continue its brutality and repression, they are wrong,” she said.

I’m sure this too is just the action of some random underlings, and not driven from the top down. No doubt Al Jazeera is in on the conspiracy with Hillary Clinton to blame Assad.