Monday, June 20, 2011

Assad has served his purpose - now it's time for his retirement

With thousands of Syrians being slaughtered, jailed or forced to flee their country, President Obama and other leaders need to find better ways to punish and isolate President Bashar al-Assad and his cronies.
Washington needs to mount an all-out campaign to pass a tough United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Syria and imposing sanctions. Russia and China have inexcusably blocked a vote for weeks.
One promising development is the Turkish government’s recent turn against Mr. Assad. Turkey had been one of Syria’s closest allies (along with Iran) and main trading partners. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with President Obama’s encouragement, is now condemning the crackdown and has given Syrian refugees safe haven and allowed Syrian opposition forces to meet in Turkey.

We applaud Mr. Erdogan for doing the right thing and urge him and the entire international community to keep ratcheting up the pressure. The only way to end Syria’s nightmare is for Bashar al-Assad to go.

I've neglected to mention that "bad cop" Assad has also served to make Obama look good, and Russian and China look bad, thus helping to set the stage for the next leg of the "Apocalypse"-show.

But now that Satan's appropriately faceless "supermen" ("Syrian security [120>3] forces [66>3]," so we're told) have raped Syria, it's time for Assad to take the fall, as I expected, while the actual criminals (probably from all over the world) disappear back into the woodwork. Assad will probably end up living in luxury in some "corrupt dictatorship" created as a safe haven for imperial henchmen, such as Assad and drug kingpins, from whom the Empire wants to distance itself while still rewarding them. If they kill him or put him in prison, it might make it hard to get volunteers for such jobs in the future.