World Inaction Encourages Assad To Be More Genocidal
30 August 2013
By Khalid Amayreh
There is no doubt that the manifestly feckless world
reactions to the "chemical massacre" on the outskirts
of Damascus this week will not auger well for the
future. This is to put it extremely mildly.
Assad, the nefarious Syrian tyrant, must be quite
satisfied with the clear Western, especially American,
reluctance to act against his regime despite the
His rationale sounds like this: If the West and the
rest of the international community allow the regime
to murder 150,000 Syrians by way of conventional
weapons, it wouldn't actively intervene in case the
regime managed to exterminate a few thousands or tens
of thousands of Syrians, even using chemical weapons.
Assad is carefully watching the direction of the
political winds in Washington and European capitals.
He must have been dazzled by the weak
American-European reactions vis-à-vis the recent
bloody coup in Egypt and subsequent pornographic
killings of so many innocent Egyptians at the hands of
the Sisi gang.
Hence, he must be feeling quite secure, even immune,
and quite free to go to further extents to annihilate
as many Syrians as it takes to keep his family and
sect in power for a few more years.
There are many serious observers who think that Assad
is justified in harboring such sickening hair-raising
feelings and in adopting these macabre calculations.
The Obama administration is treating the chemical
attack on the outskirts of Damascus, which killed more
than 1500 Syrian civilians, mostly women and children,
and injured several thousands, with utter flaccidity.
Yes, there have been some condemnatory statements from
Western capitals. But inaction remains the prevalent
In fact, the Obama administration is trying to
consider every conceivable doubt and "extenuating
circumstances" to give Assad the benefit of the doubt.
This is really despicable beyond the pale.
In fact, this effectively amounts to encouraging the
criminal regime to go on and on and on, totally
unconcerned about any actual or potential consequences
of his genocidal onslaught against his people.
Moreover, the apparently criminal stand of Assad's
allies, including Russia, Iran, the Iraqi government
and the Lebanese militia, Hizbullah, will make Assad
more confident than ever that he will eventually be
able to get away with impunity.
More to the point, the shockingly pathetic reaction to
the massacre by many Arab and Muslim states, which
ranged from utter silence to tacit acceptance of the
Assad regime's narrative about the massacre, must be
music to Assad's ears.
In the final analysis, this will make the murderer of
Damascus conclude that he could exterminate as many
Syrians as it takes to keep his evil regime in power
without worrying about any serious consequences.
The existing international order is simply too
unethical and too immoral to allow for a meaningful
protection for helpless civilians against the
genocidal urges of hateful dictators such as Bashar
This is why Assad is likely to emerge somewhat
"victorious" in this crisis as the West-led
international community is nearly completely paralyzed
to take pro-active measures to check his madness,
especially in the foreseeable future.
That is really lamentable and scandalous since it
sends an unmistakable message to the victims and
potential victims of genocide and ethnic cleansing
everywhere…that you only have two choices…either die
quietly or die noisily…because the world community is
going to let you down regardless of what happens to
Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated journalist
based in the occupied Palestinian territories.