A dispatch from Syria‘s crawling, lickspittle official media tells us that Syrian President Bashar “Butcher” Assad has issued a general pardon for all Syrians who have committed crimes during the last ten months. Acts covered by the pardon range from participation in peaceful demonstrations to deserting the military.Not mentioned are the crimes of ordering troops to fire on unarmed demonstrators, the murder and torture of civilian prisoners, and ordering the army to shell cities and towns. While he’s still got the presidential seal, Butcher Assad might want to add those crimes to the list.Or maybe not. The way things are going in Syria, Assad may be lucky to get as far as a court. Crowds have kicked the heads of overthrown Arab leaders like soccer balls through the streets before; there are a lot of people in Syria today who would like to help the butcher of Damascus score one last goal.Months of brutal oppression are stirring up fierce passions in Syria. Assad should be thinking less about governing the country and more about getting out. Russia’s steadfast support suggests that there’s a dacha on the Black Sea waiting for the Assads. Take it while you can is Via Meadia‘s advice. The sooner this ends, the greater the possibility that Syria can settle down under a new government without a prolonged period of destructive civil strife.
Syria’s President Forgets to Pardon Self
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