Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Syria Tortures - a Bankrupt Regime - Child Killers!

There is some more disgusting politics on the international scene. After the systematic rapes in Libya it was hard to imagine if things could get any worse for the Arab Spring uprisings. Yesterday it was reported that the despotic regime of Bashar al-Assad had captured a small 13 year old boy on April 29 during one of the protests. His name was Hamza al-Khatib, and he was delivered back to his parents dead. His body was battered and mutilated and said to have multiple gunshot wounds, bruises and a missing penis. One can only imagine the horror that his parents must have experienced when his body arrived at their home.

Any credibility this regime still had has now evaporated as this child becomes a national symbol of hatred and defiance against the Baathist regime.  The ultimate bully, a regime that doesn't have the courage or awareness to step down and allow a government chosen and responsible to its citizens to rule in its place. The ultimate bully, a regime that picks on the most vulnerable in society because it wants to hold on to power no matter what the price.

The people of Syria deserve democracy but will they get it? At this point it is unlikely that any help will come from the West. Their resources are depleted and their peoples are weary of war. Like many other countries that received little or no help from outside their borders, the Syrians  may have to find a way to throw off their oppressors on their own. Unfortunately this will probably not be done by peaceful protests but by armed rebellion leading to civil war.

To the Arab Spring in Syria I say, "Live on and may you accomplish your dream"
 ةسسومبليش يور دريم ...فريدوم فريدوم فريدوم

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rapes in Libya...Disgusting Politics....An African Repeat!

More and more reports are coming in about systematic rape being committed by Gaddafi forces, especially from Misrata. This is a deliberate strategy that we have seen in countries before. Libyan society is quite conservative and most families would view this as shameful and will not speak out about it. Women who have been raped are viewed as "spoiled" and will have difficulty ever getting married or living a normal life.

This systematic rape is done to those families that the Gaddafi's regime views as sympathetic towards the rebels. These acts are done to silence and bring shame to those families. This Rwandan style of intimidation is politics of the worst kind and the perpetrators need to be tried for war crimes. If there is any doubt that these actions are ordered directly from the regime we only need to look at who the perpetrators are. Captured pro government soldiers have reported (Andrew Harding B.B.C. May 23) that the soldiers organising these rapes were Libyan Special Forces who take their orders from the top.

Many of the rebels have offered to marry the raped women to save them from public shame. Maybe its time to take out the Libyan chief commander, Muammar Gaddafi and scatter the forces so the rebels can take over. In other words, "It's time to take out the garbage!"