“Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising five weeks ago, President Obama has declined to call for Bashar Assad to step down as dictator or criticize his regime on camera. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has let it be known that many American lawmakers ‘believe he’s a reformer.’ Gary C. Gambill, ‘Assad protected by cult of incompetence: Obama buys his ‘reformer’ trope and wants him to survive’ The Washington Times, April 28, 2011
Assad’s father, Hafez Assad – otherwise known as The Lion of Damascus – was a vicious tyrant who murdered tens of thousands of his subjects in repeatedly brutal repressions. The evil blood of the father clearly flows in the arteries and veins of his equally brutal son, Bashar Assad, who has deployed his own brand of tyranny throughout 11 years of dictatorship. The major indices of political rights, civil liberties and economic freedoms place Syria at the same depths of depravity in 2011 as in the year 2000 when Bashar (appropriately named one might think) assumed the tyrant’s mantle. So Obama and Clinton either are smoking something that is illegal, or are dissembling about the true nature of the Lion’s cub.
Let me be blunt about the most convincing rationale for the apparent gullibility of the U.S. President and his Secretary of State. Anti-Semitism is the most likely explanation. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have a history of hostility to Israel, a hostility that cost both of them votes in the 2008 elections. Both of them tilt towards a Palestine that relies heavily on Syrian support. I fear that both of them have slackened the leash on Iran as on Syria, primarily to weaken Israel in its ongoing battle for survival in a hostile region. Certainly, new requirements, that U.S. aid to Israel must be precisely balanced by U.S. aid to Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia combined, imposes a net cost on Israel for every dollar of aid that it accepts from the United States.
If my suspicions are correct, then Obama and Clinton are flirting with Armageddon in the Middle East. For Israel surely will react reciprocally, and in kind, to any attack on its sovereignty. If Obama and Clinton wish for radioactive mushroom clouds over the entire Middle East, then they are on an effective track to achieve such a dreadful objective. If not, then they should restore good relationships with Israel, and work to bring down the Iranian and Syrian dictators by any means at their disposal.