"as the government levels rebellious neighborhoods and some rebels set off bombs." Those poor rebels. They just set off bombs? How about shelling? How about car bombs? How about beheadings? How about massacring? And don't you like the phrase "some rebels set off bombs"? It implies that other rebels just preach liberalism and peace while others just pray and others still only wait in silence. What a quiet revolution. A revolution that wins the praises of the New York Times is no revolution--make no mistake about it.