Obama ‘condemns’ Assad. Kinda.
posted at 3:20 pm on April 18, 2011 by Michael van der Galien
We’ve been waiting for a long time for Obama to speak out as strongly against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as he did against Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.
And today, finally – fi-nally, his administration condemned the violent reaction in Syria against protesters who dare criticize Assad’s regime.
Wow, this is going to cause a political earthquake, I’m sure.
The United States is not working to undermine the Syrian government but President Bashar al-Assad “needs to address the legitimate aspirations of his people,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Monday.
I don’t know what to say. This is im-pres-sive. I’m truly speechless. He needs “to address the legitimate aspirations of his people.” Really? Assad will now, certainly, understand that he can’t just go out and kill everybody who dares disagree with him.
My, my, where would the West be without this strong American leader? Nowhere. No-where.
Seriously, though. I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the fact that Obama seems to be more interested in condemning the West’s traditional allies in the region when they step out of line, than the West’s enemies when they are the ones killing their own people. Why is it that Assad and Iran can get away with their crimes against humanity, while someone like Mubarak can’t fart without Obama ‘condemning’ it?
Which brings me to the following bit of news:
In Syria, the anti-Assad demonstrations are getting bigger and are explicitly calling for regime change. The Iranians have sent some of their top experts to Syria to aid the Baathists in putting down the insurrection. The mullahs have delivered some 400 cameras that are hidden in traffic signals, in order to identify the activists, and more than 42 censors to shut down foreign radio and TV broadcasts. And there are many Revolutionary Guards and Hizbullah in Damascus, along with Iranian-trained Arabs, nearly 2,000, to show the Syrian security forces how it’s done. In other words, it’s an attempt to replay the Iranian repression on Syrian soil.
Ahmadinejad and Assad are sitting in a tree, … and Obama’s pretending not to see.