Assad Must Be Eliminated, Not Just Hurt: Threats Against Israel Mere Lies
06 September 2013
By Khalid Amayreh
By now, there seem to be clear and compelling evidence
indicting the manifestly evil regime of Bashar El-Assad
for the 21 August chemical attack near Damascus which
killed hundreds of men and women and children.
The unethical but Machiavellian regime has been
concocting lies and fabricating fictional stories for
the purpose of diluting the international resolve
vis-a-vis the horrendous crime against humanity it has
committed against the people of Syria .
However, as chances of a Western or primarily American
strike on the forces of Assad become increasingly
realistic, the diabolical regime must be hoping the
attack will be limited in scope and the damage it will
However, a limited military response against Assad's
forces would be dangerous and counterproductive.
Dangerous because it would allow Assad to claim
victory and carry out deadlier vengeful attacks on
Syrian civilians, which could claim thousands or even
tens of thousands of new victims.
Indeed, the "chemical massacre" in the eastern Ghouta
ten days ago could eventually be proven a relatively
benign incident in comparison to the would-be expected
genocidal killings in the aftermath of a "limited"
western strike on Assad's forces, especially since the
element of surprise for such an attack has been
And counterproductive because a weak or indecisive
response will effectively strengthen and embolden the
regime as it would interpret a weak response as a
message that the regime could pursue its murderous
agenda unopposed and that the international community
is too reluctant and lacking in resolve over the
ongoing Syrian genocide.
The truth of the matter is that the Assad regime is
too nefarious and too criminal to be given a "second
The regime is actually very much like a deadly
venomous, cunning snake. It is too dangerous to leave
A second chance in this case might very well mean
additional tens of thousands of women and children
exterminated in towns, hamlets and villages across
Syria." It is too irresponsible and too dangerous to
think that the regime has learned the lesson the world
community thinks it must learn.
Needless to say, a strike that fails to teach Assad
and his cohorts an unforgettable if not final lesson
would be very much like no response at all.
Indeed, giving Bashar el-Assad a second chance is very
much like granting a second chance to Adolph Hitler or
Joseph Stalin or Pol Pot.
Threats against Israel mere lies
Threats by the Syrian regime's mouthpieces and media
to attack Israel in retaliation for any possible
western strikes shouldn't really be taken seriously.
The regime is simply too cowardly and too fearful for
its life and survival to risk attacking Israel.
The regime has proven repeatedly that it is too
cowardly to attack or even hit back at Israel in
retaliation for Zionist attacks and provocations.
The regime proved itself quite a "fierce lion" only
when murdering and tormenting its own people. However,
history has proved ad nauseam that it is merely a meek
rabbit when it comes to Israel. The regime simply
fears that attacking Israel might quicken its hour of
death. Keeping the Alawite sect in power, not
defending Syria and its honor, is the Assad regime's
Hence, the claim by the regime that the entire region
would be set on fire in case a western attack
materialized should be dismissed as a sort of empty
rhetorical overindulgence by a frustrated regime that
is approaching its hour of demise or death.
I think most Arabs, including this writer, are
strongly against the imposition by the West of
unelected regimes on our people, whether in Cairo or
Damascus or anywhere.
However, we believe that the international community
has an absolute moral obligation to prevent genocidal
regimes, such as that of Mr. Assad, from pursuing
their genocidal agenda.
Such intervention shouldn't be subject to
international law since failing to intervene (in
compliance with international law) would mean the
annihilation of hundreds of thousands of innocent
The moral law of preventing genocide or large-scale
massacres, must always override any other laws or
Preventing genocide, not observing international law,
is paramount. Indeed, an international law that fails
to prevent or stop a given tyrant from exterminating
his own or other people, as in the Syrian case, is not
really worth observing.
Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated journalist
based in the occupied Palestinian territories.