The black mascara on the beautiful dark eyes of women was washed off by their blood, their bodies laying next to their children’s, the corpses not yet in rigor mortis when the United Nations and the news media were beaming the massacre in Houla, Syria to the rest of the world.
Helplessness of the law to abate violence in sight is the pornography of geopolitics. The slaughter of about 100 civilians, half of them children, under the rule of law, has been witnessed, shown to the world, and documented, hopefully to stop the pogrom of the remaining before their remains need to be also disposed.
Bashar al Assad, the man responsible for Syria says that “terrorists” committed the ghastly acts in a country being destabilized by foreign powers. The Syrian National Council (SNC) supported by 70 countries in Istanbul on April 1, 2012 is being armed by the backers while Russia is being accused of providing weapons to the ruling regime to ward off the West. Houla has turned SNC into an April fool’s joke of the Mortal Kombat of Deception.
It is indeed difficult to judge after the Iraqi experience and the ongoing events in Yemen who the “terrorist” infiltrators are if Mr Assad’s version of the perpetrators of the massacre is to be believed, because before April 1 Syria was on its way to a referendum about its constitution to become democratic, including the regime’s participation in any elections unlike the exile of Hosni Mubarak from Egypt after Tahrir Square.
Violence may have been precipitated by external elements or by SNC members, in deviation from principled engagement, to blame the regime which is under international fire or by neutral Syrians who neither like SNC nor Assad.
At this point, however, the determination of who caused the violence is unnecessary, with the international community – SNC, UN and global media houses – watching with its hands tied behind its back instead of Mr Assad who had resorted to violence in response to demonstrations in Damascus.
Giving Mr Assad the benefit of the doubt about his claims regarding the incident, his now defunct regime – still in charge of Syria by continued self proclamation and because of the yet to be consummated transfer of power to SNC after April 1 – could not stop the Houla massacre.
The Syrian leader, as he full well knows, because Syria had led the rotating larger membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on more than one occasion, is in egregious violation of human rights.
First order of business, however, is to prevent the possibility of any further killing by enabling the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNPKF), not SNC or Assad, to keep the peace with instructions to only fire when fired upon to help the Syrian people transition to a viable democracy which they so desire.
At the outset, upon deployment, UNPKF should attempt to completely de-weaponize both SNC and Assad, to enforce the UN Small Arms Treaty.
Kudos to Syrian street wisdom @1_776.