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by Stephen Lendman
On May 6, 1916, Ottoman military leader Jamal Pasha (The Butcher) executed Syrian and Lebanese nationalists and intellectuals in Damascus and Beirut.
Plazas in both cities where executions took place were renamed Martyrs’ Square. May 6 marked the 100th anniversary of what happened.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the “occasion holds very special significance for the Syrian people who stress their determination to make sacrifices and offer more martyrs in order to defending their homeland’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
“On this day, the Syrian people salute those who sacrificed their souls for the sake of protecting their homeland and the Syrian army soldiers who are fighting in the battlefields.”
Commemorative events were held in various Syrian cities. Martyrs giving their lives for their homeland were honored – today committed to defeat the scourge of US-sponsored terrorism.
The fate of the nation again is at stake, its enemy far more formidable than ruthless Ottomans. Imperial America wants dominion over planet earth, no matter the cost in human lives, misery and mass destruction.
The latest example was the Syrian al-Kammouneh refugee camp massacre. Government and/or Russian forces had nothing to do with it, despite fabricated reports suggesting otherwise.
Russia’s Defense Ministry reported no air activity over the area at the time of the attack. US-supported terrorists were responsible. 
According to Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov, “damage shown in photographs and video (indicates) the camp (was) shelled…by multiple rocket launchers, which are currently being used very actively in this area by terrorists from al-Nusra.”
No bomb craters or other signs of an airstrike were visible. Syria’s military dismissed fabricated allegations of its involvement, saying “(t)here is no truth to reports” suggesting it.
The attack appeared strategically timed, occurring during the May 5 Prayer from Palmyra concert, amidst the ruins of its ancient theater, in remembrance of US-sponsored terrorist victims – an attempt to divert attention from this moving event on hallowed ground.
Ceasefire in Aleppo is more illusion than reality. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said terrorist provocations continue.
US-supported Jabhat al-Nusra is “recoup(ing) its losses through the inflow of new militants and weapons via the Turkish-Syrian border.”
They’re indiscriminately killing civilians. Fighting continues despite the announced “regime of silence.”
Fars News reported Syrian and Russian warplanes bombed terrorist-held areas in southern Aleppo province, inflicting heavy losses and damage.
Endless conflict rages in other areas. Farcical peace talks collapsed. Attempting another round later in May won’t prove more successful.
America’s push for ceasefire masks its intent to give terrorists it supports time to regroup and rearm.
War continues because neocons infesting Washington reject peace. They want another imperial trophy, Syria entirely ravaged, destroyed and dismembered.
The fate of the nation hangs in the balance.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.