"[...] So far, it is estimated that some 400 people have been killed in Syria during six weeks of protests.
Can anyone explain why Britain, America and Europe are trying to remove and even kill Col Gaddafy on the grounds that they have a moral duty to intervene to protect innocent life against a brutal regime, while they are only now thinking about maybe perhaps pushing for sanctions against Assad whose brutal regime mowed down more than 100 people last Friday alone?
Of course, the western world has form when it comes to Syrian brutality. In 1982, the regime of Assad the father massacred between 10,000 and 40,000 people, mainly civilians, in Hama – and the west merely yawned. Whereas of course when Israel picks its way delicately through the human shields to target those firing rockets to kill Israeli innocents, warfare undertaken solely to prevent the taking of more innocent life, the same western world screams war crimes, disproportionate aggression and all the rest of it.
Given its habitual indifference to crimes committed by the Arab world, however, the mystery remains – why Libya? Why Egypt? Why does the west assume that the folk opposing the regimes there are democrats worthy of its support (an idiotic assumption in itself) while those in Syria are not? After all, Assad is a mortal enemy of the west. If he were to be removed, the likelihood is that his ally Iran would be weakened.
Not just morally obtuse behaviour by the west but quite inexplicable – other than the suicidal impulse to destroy its allies and empower its enemies.
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