At least a dozen people are thought to have died in a bomb targeting a police bus in Medan, southern Damascus.
It comes exactly two weeks after explosions killed at least 44 people outside security buildings in the west of the city.
No-one yet knows who is to blame. We may never know. But within minutes, the twitterati had made their minds up. Pro-regimers slavishly towed the state TV line that ‘terrorists’ were to blame. Armchair revolutionaries knew it was the government’s fault.
Twitter is at its most ugly when people die and net activists dogmatically use the deaths to further their own argument. People have died. There is blood on the streets of Damascus. This isn’t the time for point scoring.
Whoever did it and wherever it was, civilian deaths are immoral, you don’t get to nitpick which ones are ok and which ones aren’t. #Syria
— Nader (@DarthNader) January 6, 2012
Syria is polarised. Someone lacked so much humanity that they felt it right to place a bomb on a bus, knowing the consequences. Surely this is a sign that Syria needs less aggression, division and polarisation – and more reconciliation.
It’s one thing when tweeps are inappropriate or tactless. It’s another when Riad Al-Assad is.
Col. Alasad of FSA must shut up. His threats of attacks, read against the backdrop of today’s events exposes his immaturity #Syria
— Nadim Koteich (@NadimKoteich) January 6, 2012