No more hypocrisy! World and Syrian opposition leaders should face the fact that the Syrian situation now requires international intervention and that the Assads need to be stopped by any means necessary.
The hypocrisy of it all is too glaring. Homs City is being bombed to smithereens under our very eyes, and the world that was willing to bleed in pain for a Benghazi that has not yet been attacked is admonishing patience and dialog, as attempts at self-defense by locals get depicted as morally compromising. This has to remain a peaceful protest, we are told, so the revolution can retain its moral superiority. No one admonished the Libyans to do that and no one described their revolution as immoral even though it turned violent within days of its start. And the world rushed in to save Libya and the Libyans, even before the death toll reached a 100.
Where have the bleeding hearts of the world disappeared? If they are worried about the cost of their intervention, they can rest assured that we can afford to pay them just like the Libyans did: from the money already stashed in the safety of their banks. If they are worried about the alternative to the Assad regime, I say, what could be worse than having the country dragged into a civil mayhem, per the plan and will of the Assads?
The bravery and foolhardiness of the protesters in Homs, Idlib, Deraa and across the country, should not fool anyone, the protesters are desperate and they are hurting. All can still be lost because no one is doing anything to help our brave people. And those we trusted to provide the needed leadership are failing the test in every way. If the world is not responding to our plight the way we need it to respond, this is in no small measure related to the failure of opposition leaders, to their inability to rise above their personal narcissisms and their ideological hang-ups to take a birds eye snapshot of the realities underneath, and to respond accordingly. Our people more than want international protection: they need it, and are desperate for it, even if it meant losing the moral high-ground in the eyes and minds of some. After 50 years of celebrating illusory Assad-led victories and fake popular revolutions, it’s about time we celebrated a real one for change, led by the people for the people. Providing some international protection and support to the people, who are already fighting against all odds, will not take away from that. Just ask the Libyan people if they feel any less for needing international support or if they don’t feel morally justified for seeking it.