“An air assault in Homs province killed at least 15 people Monday, a day after more than 100 were killed at a bakery in Hama province, opposition activists said.”
The Syrian government seems to have no moral compass at all. The more their grip on territory loosens the more brutal they become. Bakeries are easy targets. They are hot and show up well on infrared sighting systems and people tend to queue up for scarce supplies. The baking cannot be distributed because of shortages of power and fuel and flour.
It’s time the world intervened and bombed the cities with bread at least. How many lives could be saved just by such air-drops? The world should also prevent Assad’s military planes from flying. They must be fairly concentrated on the ground and cratering runways 24×7 would do a lot.
I recommend the world give up on the idea of trying to keep a lid on Syria by letting Assad kill wantonly. It’s past the time the rebels should be armed to push Assad out ASAP (As Soon As Possible). They need small arms and light anti-tank weapons. They should be provided target identifiers for the world to get reliable aiming points to punish Assad’s troops. Communications equipment could be used to identify the presence of Assad’s air power too. The rate of defection is increasing. A little push might go a long way. A welcome mat in a neighbouring country for Assad’s planes to defect might be helpful. Perhaps a landing strip can be secured elsewhere in Syria. Destroy the planes or recruit the pilots. It’s all good.
The status quo does no one any good. It just prolongs the misery of the innocent and will no doubt make the rebels even more bitter.