Monday, May 9, 2011

Syria's Round-Ups are Reminiscent of Pinochet's Killing Squads

The recent news that the Syrian government is rounding up prisoners and keeping them in soccer stadiums is reminiscent of the coup in 1973 where Augusto Pinochet took control of the government of Chile and rounded up all those he believed to be a threat to his regime. Will Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, go to the next step and turn these soccer stadiums into killing fields and giant morgues as Pinochet did?

More and more the situation in Syria is headed for a mass slaughter, that is larger than anything we've already seen in the Arab Spring uprising. Assad has been quoted as saying "the current crisis... will be overcome". The only way that this can be accomplished is by massive oppression, meaning even greater oppression than is already occurring. What will the West do? What can they do?

One thing we know for sure that doesn't work, is economic sanctions. Is it not fair to say that any leader that wages war on his own people should be at risk of losing his own life? Should we be allowing leaders to wage war on their own people and then allowing them to escape to some safe haven, just to get rid of them. By allowing this we give a green light to other leaders who will kill thousands, knowing they can always bargain an escape to save their own necks. By putting their own lives at risk leaders would be a lot more cautious when dealing with demonstrators in their own streets.

Osama Bin Laden's life was forfeit when he planned the destruction of many lives in the Middle East and western countries, shouldn't the same be true for those leaders who destroy thousands of lives in their own country. If this became an international policy and was acted on swiftly a lot more people would still be alive.

Instead of firing missiles at troops (as in Libya) with much civilian collateral deaths, maybe they should be directed into the palaces and bunkers where these leaders are hold up saving their societies from much destruction and death.

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