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Anyone that thinks the Syrian people will given up and Assad will survive the people's uprising needs to review the pounding the defiant city of Idlib has taken from Assad's thugs in recent months and then look at the video of the protests in Idlib today. Even today the Guardian reported:

Syrian forces executing and burning residents of Idlib, Amnesty says

Report gathers harrowing testimony of victims and families caught in purge of northern city by regime troops and loyalists

Syrian forces are executing scores of suspected opposition sympathisers in the northern city of Idlib, often burning their bodies in piles or torching them in their homes then sending family members to find them, witnesses say.

Idlib, a northern stronghold of resistance, first endured months of siege and shelling by Assad's artillery and snipers, and since his goons entered the city, it has been massacre after atrocity, and yet today, after Friday pray, the people of Idlib came roaring back in their thousands to show their continued defiance.

WATCH THIS VIDEO! Ultimately, I believe this is the spirit that will save humanity. Ultimately, suppression doesn't work with us because eventually we become more pissed off than afraid.

Most of the protesters in Idlib probably aren't aware of the fact that they are demonstrating against their government's attempts to suppress peaceful protest with armed violence on the 42nd anniversary of the US government's attempt to do the same thing by killing 4 student anti-war protesters and injuring 9 others at Kent State on May 4, 1970.

I always believed that that hail of gunfire from National Guard troops, 67 bullets in 13 seconds, was no accident. It was a deliberate attempt by the Nixon administration to suppress the rising tide of anti-war protests by showing they they were willing to kill protesters right here in America.

But it didn't work, in fact it backfired on them big time because ultimately, people don't react like that.

The anti-war and social justice movements both on and off campuses had been growing rapidly all through 1969 and the winter of 1970. In the spring of 1970 new people were getting involved at an unprecedented rate. This was one of those rare times that one really feels the masses awakening. I lived it. For those that didn't witness it, not until the birth of the occupy movement last fall has there been a similar uprising.

The government knew it had to do something to the stem this rising tide. They had to show just how serious they were about suppressing it and the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State [black college, 10 days later, May 14, 1970 police killed 2 students, injured 12] was how they demonstrated their resolve.

The response of the people was incredible! The movement saw a ten fold increase over night. At my school, Washington University where the mainstay of the protest movement had been several hundred activists, thousands came out, all of the undergraduates, most of the graduate students, (who had never protested before), and half of the professors and staff. At the state university and all the other colleges in St. Louis, the students all struck. Even the high schools got involved. I believe there were no more students shootings after Kent  State and Jackson State because the powers that rule saw that that wasn't going to work. I believe the outrage of the people then helped to shorten the Vietnam War.

We are in a another period of mass activity now and this time it is worldwide. The Arab Spring continues. Today in Tahrir Square, Cario, Egypt is seeing one of the largest and most unified rallies since the fall of Mubarak. In Libya, people turned out in massive numbers to register to vote for the first time in 60 years, and in the US, May Day saw a resurgence of the occupy movement from Los Angeles to Wall St.

So watch this video and see again the spirit of defiance and sacrifice that will save humanity:

Just one example of what Idlib has endured. This is from the massacre that took place on 1/21/2012:

Videos below.

Local coordination committee for Idlib:

At 9:30am this morning 3 bombs were heard followed by heavy gunfire near the entry to Rayha road and afterwards it became clear that the security forces bombed a bus that was carrying detainees, but none of the security accompanying the bus were harmed or injured in any way.

Upon transferring these injuries to the national hospital, the protesters went in also to find the dead and identify them, only to enter a forensics room and find around 20 of bodies thrown, mutilated and with signs of torture. They then went and began to break down the doors in the hospital only to find more and more bodies of women, children and young men, old bodies that smelt very bad. 74 bodies have been counted so far.

It was noted they had numbers on them and it is shown in the videos. After this, the security forces stormed the hospital and there were severe clashes between the Assad forces and the free Syrian army and these clashes continue till now.

    Hospital massacre:
    Martyrs due to the bus bombing:

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    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Fri May 04, 2012 at 09:31:04 AM PDT

  •  Must Correct About the Nixon Admin. (0+ / 0-)

    The political connection is with the Republican Governor Rhodes who faced a primary election the day after Kent State.

    WH tapes I heard within the last few years made of Nixon discussing the news as it broke, make it clear he doesn't even know at the time which campus he's talking about. He said something to the effect that there had been a long history of trouble there which was not true. The previous week there'd been one large riot at Ohio State but there was no other important history there either.

    If Nixon was going to be involved with a campus law & order issue there would be 100 better places to do it than anywhere in Ohio.

    Governor Rhodes had seen, just up the street from the state capital, the huge Ohio State riots the previous week, before any of the other campuses. The guard had been sent to OSU and then secured the campus area 3 nights before they were sent to Kent.

    If there's a government executive linkable to Kent State it's Rhodes not Nixon. He was directly involved with the Guard, he'd seen rioting days earlier with his own eyes, and he was running a law & order campaign for an election the very next week.

    Shocking and tragic as that time was for those of us personally involved in KSU and related events, they don't really compare to other countries where entire populations are brutally oppressed by government and take casualties by the thousands, sometimes hundreds in a single day.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri May 04, 2012 at 11:04:31 AM PDT

    •  Thank you for the history (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't know the details and I used "Nixon administration" as a synonym for the people running the country at the time, not to imply that Richard Nixon personally was involved.

      But I would consider Nixon's "surprise" on WH tapes, given that he knew he was being recorded, very faint proof of his non-involvement. How else would he have allowed it to be recorded if he had been involved?

      And there is a lot to point to Nixon administration involvement in the increasingly hash crackdown on protesters in that period. For example, I know that then Attorney General John Mitchell personally signed off on my release from St. Louis County Jail [on a state misdemeanor charge] in August 1970, and I know that some of the people arrested after me in our ROTC protests the spring of 1970 were prosecuted on federal, not state charges.

      This was far from Governor Rhodes, as where the killings at Jackson State, so while Nixon probably wasn't personally involved in what happened at Kent State, I find it hard to believe that his administration wasn't involved the increasing use of force and the increased penalties that were being dished out to protesters at that time. Also there was CoIntelPro which saw a lot of activist murdered or jailed on trumped up charges. That also was a federal program under Nixon.

      So I find it very easy to believe that someone in the Nixon Administration signed off on the use of deadly force against the student movement in the spring of 1970.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Fri May 04, 2012 at 12:07:36 PM PDT

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