It is being reported and confirmed that Syrian forces are targeting, torturing, abusing and raping children as young as 13. The abuse includes pulling out toenails, burning with cigarettes, hanging from the rafters for hours, electric shock. According to Human Rights Watch: "Syrian security forces have killed, arrested, and tortured children in their homes, their schools, or on the streets. In many cases, security forces have targeted children just as they have targeted adults."
Dirty little secret: Only young boys are the target of these abuses and rapes. But have no fear, the UN Security Council is on the job, negotiating a draft resolution condemning the bloody Syria crackdown. The proposed resolution has been softened by Western and Arab nations in a bid to overcome Russian-led opposition.
This attack on innocent children has been happening for some time now as violence continues in Syria's almost 11 month uprising, with nothing but an occasional word from Barack Obama and his teleprompter. He couldn't wait to send the military to Libya - Not that I think he should have gone into Libya nor do I think he should send forces to Syria -- I simply cannot understand Obama's love for Libya and unconcern for Syria.
The United Nations estimated in January that at least 5,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, including soldiers who defected and those who refused orders to fire on civilians. But the U.N. has been unable to update its tally since because the chaos in the country has made it difficult to cross-check the latest figures. (image Syrian security forces, via Big Peace)
On Friday, Human Rights Watch said in a new report that it has documented at least 12 cases of children detained under "inhumane" conditions and tortured, as well as children shot in their homes or on the street. (CBS)
Back to Libya: Al-Qaeda and terror groups received Libya's weapons.
Western-backed overthrow of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi likely provided huge stocks of heavy weapons to terrorist groups and criminal organizations operating in the Sahel region of North Africa, the United Nations confirmed January 26 in a report. Among the groups benefiting from the arms are al-Qaeda and the deadly Islamic terror organization Boko Haram, which is currently on a killing spree in Nigeria. (continue reading, Seeker401 and The New American)
Egypt isn't looking great either:
Police in Cairo fired salvos of tear gas and birdshot Friday at rock-throwing protesters as popular anger over a deadly soccer riot spilled over into a second day of street violence that left three people dead and more than 1,500 injured...
The protesters blame the police for failing to prevent the melee after a soccer match in the Mediterranean city of Port Said on Wednesday killed 74 people. [snip]
Many protesters have suggested the authorities either instigated the Port Said violence or intentionally allowed it to happen to retaliate for the key role soccer fans known as Ultras had in clashes with security forces during the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. (HuffPo)
Great job Obama, great job!