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We all agree that Syrian tyrant Boy Bashar is a thug. His regime is corrupt, supports terrorism, denies liberty, murders its own and has long been a client state of that even bigger menace, Iran. So, should we wish to see the fall of the House of Assad? Not necessarily – if this is what is driving change;

An Islamist group called “al-Nusra Front” claimed reponsibility on Sunday for a suicide bombing which killed at least nine people in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday. The group named the bomber as Abu Omar al-Shami and said he detonated his explosives amidst 150 members of the Syrian security forces who were gathered outside the Zain al-Abideen mosque in the Midan district of Damascus.

Jihad is hardly the way to democracy. Is the only available alternative to the Assad tyranny a militant Islamic theocracy? Would that make for a more stable neighbourhood? It is a strange situation where the choice does seem to lie between terror and tyranny. Why should we get involved?

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  1. Could it be more than just coincidence that all those countries involved in the Arab Spring uprisings have all been relatively stable for long periods, in fact decades. The people all seem to have be well fed and housed and certainly don’t seem to work very hard.

    Their Leaders seeem to have got on quite well with their counteparts in the West, in fact, downright friendly, and we rarely read or heard of all the nasty goings-on that the insurgents now claim happened on a regular basis.

    Now I don’t want to seem like a fan of conspiracy stories but, is it just a coincidence, or might this organised Arab uprising might have something to do with current POTUS? – after all he has been quite supportive of, and has encouraged other gullible western nations to also participate in supporting the insurgents.

    That there is now some degree of surprise that the insurgents are in fact far more barbaric in their methods of government than the previous administrations seems about par for the course, with our governments, as usual, ‘jumping in where angels would fear to tread’.

    The sheer arrogance of the western govenments in assuming that our style of governance, – I hesitate to call it democracy, – would be suitable for all, shows much lack of familiarity with those pesky foreigners who seem to be outside their very limited sphere of experience.

    Recent developements in those countries involved in the Arab Spring, have surely proven that the insurgents are neither capable nor able to provide as stable a system as the previous regimes, without resorting to even harsher methods. Proof, if any was required, that barbarians cannot be transformed overnight into civilised beings.

    The post on ‘Exporting FGM’ is further proof of that if any more was required.

  2. We all agree that Syrian tyrant Boy Bashar is a thug.

    We do?

    Bashar Assad worked in London as an ophthalmologist before his father (a real dictator) died and the medical specialist returned to Syria to take the Presidency which would have gone to his deceased brother, Basil. That means that Bashar Assad had been in London for a few years and there would have been ample evidence of his ‘evil’ and ‘thuggery’. There is none because, if there were, it would be all over the newspapers. None of his former patients would say anything bad about him: is this through fear or because there is nothing bad to say about him?

  3. There was no need for him to act thuggish for his opthalmology patients.

    In Syria, there is a ” need “.

    If he is deposed, he and all of his support structure will not be treated politely by the Syrian population they’ve been shooting at.

  4. Phantom,

    Many of the news clips here, broadcast from Syria, make the point that the source of much of the fighting is unconfirmed. For the likes of the BBC to add such a disclaimer makes it very likely that much of the killng is being done by the insugents, and not the government forces.

    It is not unkown for such people to quite happily fire on their own people to cast suspicion on the government forces. It seems to be an Arab trait that the end justifies the means.

  5. I don’t doubt any of that.

    This is one nasty part of the world we’re speaking about.

    Is it possible that a successful revolution would lead to a situation much worse than Assad’s rule? You bet.

  6. Bashar is a mass-murdering thug, just like his father. No death (think Gadaffi) would be too bad for him and his cronies, and I so hope it comes to pass.

  7. But I’d expect a protracted, horrific cycle of revenge that would go far beyond that wretched family. It could become ethnic / religious very quickly.

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