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reuters:

More than 60,000 people have died in the Syrian uprising and civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending.
Dozens were killed in a Damascus suburb when a government air strike turned a petrol station into an inferno, incinerating drivers who had rushed there for a rare chance to fill their tanks, activists said.
“I counted at least 30 bodies. They were either burnt or dismembered,” said Abu Saeed, an activist who arrived at the area an hour after the raid occurred at 1:00 PM (1100 GMT) in Muleiha, a suburb on the eastern edge of the capital.
U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said in Geneva that researchers cross-referencing seven sources over five months of analysis had listed 59,648 people killed in Syria between March 15, 2011 and November 30, 2012.
“The number of casualties is much higher than we expected and is truly shocking,” she said. “Given that there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013.”
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That’s 60,000 people killed since March 15th, 2011. A truly horrific figure, and one which U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights Navi Pillay admitted “shames us all.”

This kills me.
I hate that the U.S. is in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of situation as far as intervening in Syria goes. I just hate that we’re essentially standing by and watching when we clearly have the power to do something.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that we’d do the right something.
There’s just no winning.

shortformblog:

reuters:

More than 60,000 people have died in the Syrian uprising and civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending.

Dozens were killed in a Damascus suburb when a government air strike turned a petrol station into an inferno, incinerating drivers who had rushed there for a rare chance to fill their tanks, activists said.

“I counted at least 30 bodies. They were either burnt or dismembered,” said Abu Saeed, an activist who arrived at the area an hour after the raid occurred at 1:00 PM (1100 GMT) in Muleiha, a suburb on the eastern edge of the capital.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said in Geneva that researchers cross-referencing seven sources over five months of analysis had listed 59,648 people killed in Syria between March 15, 2011 and November 30, 2012.

“The number of casualties is much higher than we expected and is truly shocking,” she said. “Given that there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000 people have been killed by the beginning of 2013.”

READ ON: U.N. raises Syria death toll to 60,000

That’s 60,000 people killed since March 15th, 2011. A truly horrific figure, and one which U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights Navi Pillay admitted “shames us all.”

This kills me.

I hate that the U.S. is in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of situation as far as intervening in Syria goes. I just hate that we’re essentially standing by and watching when we clearly have the power to do something.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that we’d do the right something.

There’s just no winning.

Source: reuters

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newsweek:

We profile the profiles of Syrian first lady Asma-al-Assad, one of which was a very embarrassing piece from Vogue that was published mere days before the crackdown—and was quickly scrubbed from the web. Except not really. Here’s a fun line from that profile, as posted on a random fan site of Bashar al-Assad.

Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department’s Web site says, “the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.”

See! Syria’s totally safe you guys because, due to all the monitoring of its citizens, the government knows when danger lurks! Thanks, Skynet.

The photo of the happy couple playing with their kids is a nice touch.

man i bet all the syrians are like OMG I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NAO THX ASSAD

shortformblog:

newsweek:

We profile the profiles of Syrian first lady Asma-al-Assad, one of which was a very embarrassing piece from Vogue that was published mere days before the crackdown—and was quickly scrubbed from the web. Except not really. Here’s a fun line from that profile, as posted on a random fan site of Bashar al-Assad.

Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department’s Web site says, “the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors.”

See! Syria’s totally safe you guys because, due to all the monitoring of its citizens, the government knows when danger lurks! Thanks, Skynet.

The photo of the happy couple playing with their kids is a nice touch.

man i bet all the syrians are like OMG I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NAO THX ASSAD

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Source: thedailybeast.com