Then October 1 rolled around and the partial American government shutdown (ref: United States federal government shutdown of 2013) began. As an aside to all the rigamarole concerning this American government shutdown, I have read a couple interesting articles online concerning the shutdown; they are:
- Government shutdown: Most Americans blame Republicans. But will it matter in 2014? (+video)
- Establishment Republicans Assail Tea Party Over Government Shutdown
Has the American government shutdown shut down the civil unrest in Syria? Not really. But the ineptness of the print and broadcast media in the United States of America in regards to reporting of the news would make that seem likely if one were prone to reaching a conclusion based on conjecture.
Inquiring minds like mine have turned to other media in order to learn what has going on in Syria since the first of October. Here, if you want to find out for yourself, go on over to BBC News Middle East and The Telegraph Middle East Syria News, both of which originate in the UK, and also over to The Guardian Syria pages, US office of the UK parent company the Guardian Media Group.
I say shame on the American Broadcast News Service for doing a half-baked job of news reporting. If you want to know what's new, you cannot depend on American television news programs. It is no wonder that I often turn to news reporting agencies outside of the United States, usually those from UK (as cited in the preceding paragraph) and from Scandinavian countries.