He promises peace and delivers death. So, unless you’re the Grim Reaper, you will always be disappointed with the Assads. Bet on change for once, and back your bet with real support to the revolutionaries. Help free Syria!
Threatening the Assads with isolation means nothing to them: they don’t fear isolation. In fact, at this stage, this is exactly what they are angling for: they would like nothing more than for the world to isolate them and forget about them so they can carry out their crackdown without the headache of foreign pressures and condemnations. Indeed, the Assad have been there before at least twice: once under the rule of the father and once under the rule of the son – and they survived, and the world reengaged them at their own terms.
Only aggressive engagement can defeat the Assads. Yes the initial costs of this strategy will be high both in human and material terms, but down the road, it will prove far less costly than the current passivity, which is more or less the default position for the international community when dealing with the malfeasance of this criminal dynasty.
For years, decades in fact, analysts have been giving us reasons for why the Assads should be left alone, this article in the Globe & Mail is the latest take, how many innocents have died throughout all this period? Thousands! Thousands have died so that a status quo based on brainwashing, lies, theft, killing, misery, lack of development, lack of progress and lack of hope can be maintained. Getting rid of the Assads will be a messy affair, although perhaps not as messy as some analysts believe, but it will be worth it at the end. The Assads provided with the certainty of misery and mediocrity, their removal will provide with an uncertainty that might just allow for some growth down the road. That’s worth fighting for. That’s worth all sacrifice.