meanwhile, much closer to what has always been considered of genuine interest to united states national security, today:
it's ugly---tear gas, electric batons, bulletsThousands of protesters took to the streets in cities around Syria on Friday to chants of “We want freedom” and security forces responded with tear gas, electrified batons, clubs and bullets, killing at least seven people, according to activists, residents and a Syrian human rights group.
in douma, damascus and daraa
large, intimidating police lines outside mosques
apartments of suspects raided...
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meanwhile, hillary on last sunday's ftn on cbs actually called assad "a reformer"
Clinton Says U.S. Won't Intervene in Syria, Sees Progress in Libya Fight - Bloomberg