Syrian regime goons kill dozens of protesters, Obama issues strongly worded statement

posted at 9:46 pm on April 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

They keep killin’ and he keeps puttin’ out statements. This one is his fifth on Syria in less than a month.

As irresistible as it is to tweak him for such a lame gesture, especially given his paralysis after protests broke out in Iran two years ago, I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of force by the Syrian government against demonstrators. This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now. We regret the loss of life and our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims, and with the Syrian people in this challenging time.

The Syrian Government’s moves yesterday to repeal Syria’s decades-old Emergency Law and allow for peaceful demonstrations were not serious given the continued violent repression against protesters today. Over the course of two months since protests in Syria began, the United States has repeatedly encouraged President Assad and the Syrian Government to implement meaningful reforms, but they refuse to respect the rights of the Syrian people or be responsive to their aspirations. The Syrian people have called for the freedoms that all individuals around the world should enjoy: freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and the ability to freely choose their leaders. President Assad and the Syrian authorities have repeatedly rejected their calls and chosen the path of repression. They have placed their personal interests ahead of the interests of the Syrian people, resorting to the use of force and outrageous human rights abuses to compound the already oppressive security measures in place before these demonstrations erupted. Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens through the same brutal tactics that have been used by his Iranian allies. We call on President Assad to change course now, and heed the calls of his own people.

We strongly oppose the Syrian government’s treatment of its citizens and we continue to oppose its continued destabilizing behavior more generally, including support for terrorism and terrorist groups. The United States will continue to stand up for democracy and the universal rights that all human beings deserve, in Syria and around the world.

He’s right about the violence being “outrageous.” By one count, 75 people were shot dead today, bringing the total killed over the past month to above 250. Why the sudden one-day massacre after small but steady murders over the course of weeks? Because, you see, Assad is running out of options:

The president presented his decision to lift Syria’s state of emergency as a final offer to the demonstrators. It was a concession, he said, that removed the last pretext for legitimate protest; anyone who took to the streets after his magnanimous gesture was a bandit or a rebel.

Yet tens of thousands were prepared to defy the president once more, even though they were well aware that the security forces had been given license to use unfettered force.

“It’s unclear what more Assad can do to mollify the protesters,” writes Time, suggesting that he’s concluded the time for mollifying is over and the time for slaughtering has begun. So why shouldn’t we follow Tim Pawlenty’s example and demand Security Council action, at least, to rein in Assad even symbolically? Your answer lies in this short but penetrating piece by Robert Kaplan about what might happen in the region if Assad topples over and a “greater Syria” starts to congeal. At a minimum, it’ll further destabilize Lebanon and possibly Jordan and Iraq; in the worst-case scenario, Israel might face a radical Sunni front, which would be to Iran’s (short-term) benefit even though it would suffer immediately from the loss of its ally Assad. In fact, re-read this post from last week about how Israel, despite its antipathy to the Assad clan, is in no hurry to see Bashar go for fear of what will succeed him. There’s a reason why Obama’s statement quoted above, despite its indignation, never quite gets around to calling for Assad’s ouster. Things can get worse. (That’s one of the fears about the Libyan rebels, no?) As idiotic as it seems for The One to demand a transition away from a U.S. ally in Cairo two months ago while demanding little of a U.S. enemy in Damascus now, there’s a Machiavellian method to the madness to the latter, at least.


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Send in the Drones. – Obama

Electrongod on April 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Why didn’t we avert that humanitarian disaster?

Rocks on April 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM

As irresistible as it is to tweak him for such a lame gesture, especially given his paralysis after protests broke out in Iran two years ago, I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

His ambassador to the UN finds the time to rip Jews a new one for building homes. Maybe we could see that same level of outrage over anti-American dictators murdering civilians.

amerpundit on April 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

How about push the investigation into the political assassinations that have plagued Lebanon the past couple years as a means of leverage.Oh wait I forgot Assad was a reformer.

rob verdi on April 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Assad acted stupidly.

JammieWearingFool on April 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

YAWN. Wake me in 20 years.

Think there has been more killed south of the border and they have killed Americans, and are threatening to kill Americans. So wake me in 20 years and it will bethe same thing new year for Syria Middle East.

WoosterOh on April 22, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Syrian Shootouts!!

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Assad acted stupidly.

JammieWearingFool on April 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Koran burning summit in order?

WoosterOh on April 22, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I think Obama still has warm feelings for Assad…Obama probably wishes he were president of Syria…and the tea partiers were the rebels.

AUINSC on April 22, 2011 at 9:57 PM

How much of the USA and EU’s oil comes from Syria??

CWforFreedom on April 22, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Let’s form a task force.

vcferlita on April 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM

President WTF has everthin under control Amerika go back to your Soccer games and cookouts.

PappyD61 on April 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Imagine the response of President Palpatine if “dem Joos” started doing this in Gaza or the West Bank to Hamas and real terrorists!!!

Now THAT would get the Sith Lords attention.

PappyD61 on April 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Reactive foreign policy by the most inept foreign policy team we’ve fielded since Jimmah and his bunch.

BKeyser on April 22, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Wait, I thought the Syrian goons were ordered to keep the body count under 20 per day?

Cruise missiles inbound!

Tony737 on April 22, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Do we see a 4th war?
We got 3 military actions going, why not 4?
Ya know the top brass is wanting it.

B Man on April 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM

The Syrian Revolution 2011
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canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

Extreme UN sanctions & constant presidential bully-pulpit drumbeat for starters. Then send State Dept team to Arab leaders urging them to condemn Assad.

itsnotaboutme on April 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Maybe ObaMao should invite Assad over for some weenies at the WH for the Fourth of July.

onlineanalyst on April 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM

So why shouldn’t we follow Tim Pawlenty’s example and demand Security Council action, at least, to rein in Assad even symbolically?

If it’s just symbolism we’re after, why don’t we demand that the Arab League rein him in. He is one of theirs, after all.

AZCoyote on April 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM

By one count, 75 people were shot dead today, bringing the total killed over the past month to above 250.

These 75, were they muslims or Christians or Jews? Men or women? If they were all muslim men, then I don’t care.

Heckle on April 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM

But David Petraeus said that if it weren’t for Israel there would be peace in the middle east.

Heckle on April 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM

strongly worded statement

Riiiight.

My mother used to do the same thing. Mike, I’m talking to you, do you HEAR me? She never did anything beyond those “strongly worded statements”, and she had to issue them often. Dad, on the other hand, would use the back of his hand occasionally, and because of it he seldom had to do anything at all to get cooperation.

Is there a lesson in here somewhere for Obama? Probably.

MikeA on April 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Just apply a little SmartPower™ ointment. It should clear up in a matter of days not weeks.

DeathB4Tyranny on April 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Just apply a little SmartPower™ ointment. It should clear up in a matter of days not weeks.

DeathB4Tyranny on April 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

…kinda afraid to know the area of application…

ericdijon on April 22, 2011 at 10:23 PM

You know it’s just amazing how some folks said, “stay out of regulating speculators” and then the same folks are sayin’ butt into world governments oppressive regimes. Make up your minds!

Rovin on April 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Obama blasts Syria’s Assad for “outrageous” violence
April 22 2011 6:34 pm ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on the Syrian government on Friday to stop using “outrageous” violence against demonstrators and accused President Bashar al-Assad of seeking help from Iran.

“This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now,” Obama said in a statement.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110422/pl_nm/us_syria_usa_obama_statement

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Great photo! Barry framing FU while giving a thumbs up.

obladioblada on April 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Any word from Hillary, Power, or Rice…?

… What about the UN?

Anybody…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM

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canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Why would anyone expect the One to have a problem with heavy handed government control? Doesn’t he sic his own SEIU goons on peaceful TEA Party protesters?

KW64 on April 22, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Poor zero doesn’t know what to do and code pink is out of town so the dilemma continues.

dragondrop on April 22, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Any word from Hillary, Power, or Rice…?

… What about the UN?

Anybody…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Just dry olives,falling off the
whithering Jihadys peace branchs!:)

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

What makes this different from Libya…Oh i forgot, Libya is in Africa, so the imbecile in chief, can order bombs.

Chudi on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Le crap,thats right,not tight,ugh!

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Threats Watch
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April 22, 2011

1. Syrian regime executes what is being called the “Good Friday Massacre,” as it reportedly kills over 50 citizens protesting despite dictator Bashar al-Assad’s ‘concessions.’ The week was already a bloody one for Syrians demanding regime change.

http://threatswatch.org/dailybriefings/2011/04/22/

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM

NOW!

tim c on April 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

What makes this different from Libya…Oh i forgot, Libya is in Africa, so the imbecile in chief, can order bombs.

Chudi on April 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Chudi:Sounds logical to me!!

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

As irresistible as it is to tweak him for such a lame gesture, especially given his paralysis after protests broke out in Iran two years ago, I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

Some pundit you are…

Obama relation plan version 1.0
1. Apologize

Obama relation plan version 2.0
1. Apologize
2. Bow

Obama relation plan version 3.0
1. Apologize
2. Bow
3. Appoint a czar

Obama relation plan version 4.0
1. Apologize
2. Bow
3. Appoint a czar
4. Order a no fly zone to protect people on the groud from airplanes.

Obama relation plan version 5.0
1. Apologize
2. Bow
3. Appoint a czar
4. Order a no fly zone to protect people on the groud from airplanes.
5. “Change” the no-fly-zone into a bombing mission and “hope” people wont notice the difference.
6. When an F-15E crashes wait a week and then decided to pull out.
7. Send in drones instead, those damn AF pilots could not even bomb a no-fly-zone with out crashing.
8. I have no F’in clue what I am doing

F15Mech on April 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Let’s face it, The One hasn’t a clue. And he’s got Joey, his “foreign policy expert”, locked up for the duration of the 2012 campaign season.

Barry wanted a helpless US on the world stage. He got it.

GarandFan on April 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM

canopfor on April 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM

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Dire Straits on April 22, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Wagging the Dog is becoming politically expensive, huh Mr. President—you think this would have taken our minds off the price of gas or the fact that no one’s working????

Rovin on April 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I couldn’t stand to read it. Has he gone to the extreme of “viewing this with alarm” yet? if so, you go guy! You da man!

Mason on April 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM

F15Mech on April 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Allah

I “forgot to add” /s step nine where Obama grows a set,

F15Mech on April 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Remember the “Pitiful Helpless Giant” of yesteryear? The kind of super power that let Iran hold our diplomats for 444 days? The kind of superpower that let Castro empty his prisons and mental asylums and send them all here? The kind of superpower that watched Cuba become a virtual colonial power in Angola to control its oil resources? The kind that watched as Communists established power in Nicaragua with Cuban assistance?

Power is useless if you cannot use it deftly.

Remember the US of Ronald Reagan that scared the Iranians into releasing the hostages? Helped arm the Contras that brought Ortega the Nicaraguan Communist down? The Reagan who helped the Afghan rebels kick the Soviets out. The Reagan who broke the Russians economically and lost not a soldier while doing it. We need that kind of foreign policy again. Will we get it? Not unless we get a Rudy Giuliani type in charge.

KW64 on April 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Kinetic rhetorical action is called for here.

Good Lt on April 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Just wait until the “Palestinians” try to rebel against the Israeli authority.

Obama will send the tanks.

fossten on April 22, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Where’s Retief when you need him?

Fighton03 on April 22, 2011 at 11:49 PM

I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

Resign!

jdkchem on April 22, 2011 at 11:53 PM

How does an Assad loyalist fighter tie up their keffiyeh? Is it different from the Libyan freedom fighters or the Yemeni heroes? I’m going to get two or three more and pre pin them into each western favorites configuration. Go heroic Islam! Each people needing freedom or repression as required per our interests! Higher pay and better equipment for all our important Muslim allies! Especially brave little Saudi Arabia who are fully engaged combating enemies of teh precious!

BL@KBIRD on April 22, 2011 at 11:57 PM

I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

What we want doesn’t matter ’cause he’s got a tee time.

darwin-t on April 23, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Perhaps it would have been better, at the start of the protests, if the threatened regimes had got together and took out the Iranian leadership.

OldEnglish on April 23, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Samantha and Her Subjects
April 19, 2011
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HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION—the conviction that American presidents must act, preemptively if necessary, to avert the massacre of innocents abroad—is steadily acquiring a new prominence in the Obama administration. For America’s foreign-policy elite, it is a precept that provides a way to expiate the sins of the past, either bellicose action (Vietnam) or complacent inaction (Rwanda). It not only holds out the expectation of protecting endangered civilians but also the promise of acting multilaterally to uphold international laws.(More………..)

http://nationalinterest.org/article/samantha-her-subjects-5161

canopfor on April 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Should Barry the warmonger opens up a fourth front? Do it quickly while the Congress is in recess.

bayview on April 23, 2011 at 1:22 AM

How many tens of thousands have died in the ME since Obama’s much-touted Cairo Speech?

Chaos-In-Chief.

profitsbeard on April 23, 2011 at 2:34 AM

I think tomorrow he escalates to wagging his finger at Ghaddafi while scowling slightly. That should surely let that reprobate know we’re upset.

{O,o} (Hm, too much Keith Laumer….)

herself on April 23, 2011 at 2:39 AM

I fully expect Obama to escalate in the near future, so that Assad will take him seriously and quake in fear.

He should announce that the Syrian revolution “is the last thing I think about before I go to bed at night, and the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning.”

That always works!

Adjoran on April 23, 2011 at 3:49 AM

Obama issues strongly worded statement

 
“FORE!”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on April 23, 2011 at 4:57 AM

One could see the scenario where Obama dislikes the idea of Israel more than he dislikes the idea of Iran/Syria as an enemy of Israel.
If Syria falls this will cause problems for Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinians. Obama does not necessarily want that.
Since there are many Palestinians living in Syria…why not more? Annex a part of Syria for the Palestinians.
Starve Hezbollah from the Iranian/Syrian weapons trough in Lebanon?

albill on April 23, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Barry Zero, a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama, “Low-Level Socialist Agitator” (thanks Rep West)pi55es me off so bad, I can’t write anything that won’t get me into trouble…

Mr. Grump on April 23, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Yes, the “emergency law” has been repealed.

Now they have the “permanent law” instead.

Syria is still a dangerous snake of a country.

Squiggy on April 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Any word from Hillary, Power, or Rice…? – 7%S

They’re still trying to find their one eye that Perseus tossed on the ground in their cave!

Tony737 on April 23, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Maybe he used the same strongly worded condemnation for them that he used when he loosed his union SEIU goon squads on little old folks at those town hall meetings?

As if it matters what (m)essiahs say when they pontificate -they are always followed blindly while their disciples ignore the true (M)essiah.

Don L on April 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM

One fact is undeniable . . . This dolt is a hopeless loser and is on the fast track to destroying this once grat Republic. Thank you enlightened voters, you really stuck it to us this time.

rplat on April 23, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Everyone sees the downside of Assad’s departure, how about the upside? A fractured, internally occupied Syria would have little time to be Iran’s right hand man in Middle East mischief. Nor would it have time to meddle in Lebanon which might cut off Iranian support of Shia Hezboullah. Syria might cease to be Iran’s chief ally. Lebanon might begin to dismantle Hezboullah, shake off Syrian influence and become that country which showed so much promise in the Cedar Spring. Syria has been the headquarters and refuge of some of the worst terrorist groups in the Middle East, that might end. Northern Kurdish Syria might turn toward Kurdish Iraq further strengthening nascent Kurdistan, an American ally. The end of the corrupt Baath Party and Alawite domination in Syria would be positive not negative. As a fairly secular, educated country a new Syria might have some promise as an multi-ethnic, multi-religious nation. In any case would a inward looking, divided Syria be any worse than a meddling, murderous Baath Party kleptocracy? There is a small possibility that Turkey might take over some part of Syria in a move towards Ottoman revanchism. Would that necessarily be a bad thing?

Viator on April 23, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Hilary Clinton: bashir Assad is a reformer

ha. Ha

Why can’t we just drop a couple of low yeild nukes and say they did it?

Sonosam on April 23, 2011 at 8:28 AM

So, like the dhimmi’s in Dearborn, we’re simply so worried that the savages might cause some trouble, that we’re willing to effectively turn a blind eye.

Seems to me that you do the right thing. And if that means that a worse bad guy steps in after you take out the first bad guy, well, then you take out that bad guy too. And guess what – *that* sets an example. Pretty soon the bad guys in the wings aren’t so eager to step up and be bad guys cause they know they’d simply be next in getting taken out.

Unfortunately, letting the first bad guy stay in power because you’re worried about the second bad guy sets an example too, and it’s not a good one.

Midas on April 23, 2011 at 9:02 AM

As irresistible as it is to tweak him for such a lame gesture, especially given his paralysis after protests broke out in Iran two years ago, I’m not sure what else we want him to do here.

Agreed. I’m not sure how to say this, but isn’t it: “when your opponent is trying to destroy himself, let him”? The only things that keep Bashir Assad’s head attached to his neck are his goon squad and the common enemy of the U.S. If we go and bomb something in Syria, all of these protesters will suddenly become Syrian patriots, united behind the regime.

I don’t want O’Bonehead to do anything, other than tell the protesters that we agree with them.

Jaibones on April 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM

We are supporting radical jihadist torturers in Lybia, and we supported a movement that is leading to the radicalization of Egypt. We have achieved nothing of benefit to the United States, and we should just but* out rather than continue to demonstrate our ineptitude and our weakness.
I used to feel that we were a force for good in the world. With Obama I now am less certain about that.
We need to get rid of Obama and get back to our core principles, thereby strengthing the US. The world would be a better place.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM

“It’s unclear what more Assad can do to mollify the protesters,”

If the only thing the rioters are saying is “Death to [insert name of current leader]!” Then how, exactly, is it possible to negotiate with them?

And if the only identifiable organization behind all of these Middle Eastern riots is a terrorist organization, then why is America supporting the Islamic Rev0lution?

logis on April 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Wow. I didn’t see that coming.

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hillbillyjim on April 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

OH NOOOOEEESSSSSSS…………

not DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

RealMc on April 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Just words! Just speeches!

That’s all he’s good for.

Besides that, let the Muslims solve their own internal problems. Freedom is not intrinsic to Islam, so heaven knows what they will wind up with given that they cling to Islam.

SilentWatcher on April 23, 2011 at 2:11 PM