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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bashar al-Assad's Terrorism in Syria

Bashar al-Assad says that he wants the Geneva II conference that kicks off tomorrow to focus on the problem of terrorism in Syria but when he speaks of terrorism he is referring to the imperialist definition of "terrorism" which certainly includes bombs delivered by cars but excludes bombs delivered by planes. Specifically, he using the term the way it has been promoted by the US imperialists, especially after the 9/11 attacks, to mean exclusively attacks by Islamic militants. He hopes to use the western phobia of Islamic terrorism to win support for his regime and its crackdown on Syrians who want to oust his regime. That is why he claims that his opposition is 80-90% al Qaeda.

Unfortunately for him and the western imperialists, the dictionary definition of terrorist is somewhat broader. From Merriam-Webster we get this definition:


noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\
: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal
Using this definition, it becomes clear that Bashar al-Assad is the biggest terrorist in Syria. He has killed over a hundred-thousand Syrians in an effort to maintain his political power.  So by all means, Geneva II should focus on ridding Syria of terrorists, starting with the one that has used the most bombs and killed the most people, and moving next to his terrorist allies in the ISIS and al Nusra.

Yesterday, the story broke on a new proof of Assad's war crimes contained in a report on 55,000 photos taken of 11,000 detainees that had been tortured and executed. This is also terrorism. I reported on it in this post Is Assad running largest death factories since Hitler?.

While the photos are shocking, no one should act as if its news that Assad is doing this while the world looked the other way. I reported this story back in August, 5,000 Assad Regime Prisoners Executed, Dumped in Mass Grave in Al Qutaifah, and eighteen months ago Human Rights Watch made an extensive report on what they called Assad's Torture Archipelago, at the time, they didn't have photos so they used line drawings to illustrate the abuses they uncovered. I reported on it in this post HRW releases torture report on Syria. Now we have pictures of the human cost of the world ignoring that report and everything else that shows Assad is the biggest terrorist in Syria and quite possibly, the world.

Also yesterday, the New York Review of Books published a report by Annie Sparrow titled Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth It began:
One way to measure the horrific suffering of Syria’s increasingly violent war is through the experience of Syrian children. More than one million children are now refugees. At least 11,500 have been killed because of the armed conflict, well over half of these because of the direct bombing of schools, homes, and health centers, and roughly 1,500 have been executed, shot by snipers or tortured to death. At least 128 were killed in the chemical massacre in August.
In this conflict only the Assad Regime has an air force capable of bombing schools, homes, and health centers, and those children were killed by Assad's terrorist bombs dropped from planes.

Here are a few more graphic examples of Assad's terrorism in the New Year:

Assad Terrorism in Aleppo City | 21 Jan 2014

Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria

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