The essentially Stalinist monarchy of Bashar al-Assad and his late father, Hafez, in Syria must rank among the most brutal regimes. Compelling evidence now indicates that the son was recently responsible for murdering 100-150 fellow citizens with chemical gas in multiple incidents, delivered in some instances by aircraft.
Since 2011, the civil war has also added more than 93,000 deaths and an estimated 1.6 million refugees to the ongoing nightmares of the Syrian people. Thousands of civilians now appear to be perishing daily.
What should the responsible international community do?
Former president Bill Clinton likens Syria to the situations of Bosnia/Kosovo with Serbia in the 1990s, even saying that his successor could end up looking like a “total wuss” if he doesn’t intervene. Haunting memories of Clinton’s own immobility during most of the almost unending months of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 are probably also motivating his ’do something’ rhetoric.
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