When Syrian President Bashar al Assad addressed the Syrian Parliament for the first time since last month’s parliamentary elections, he appeared defensive on his government’s stance of combating terror and violence. Unmoved by scathing criticism his regime faces from international community, the president said that he was at ‘real war’ with external forces.
The 15-month old revolt against Assad regime has resulted in the death of up to 13,000 people, as quoted by activist groups. However, it was the fresh series of children and women’s brutal killings in Houla that actually fueled the urgency for resolving the crisis. But Assad is simply in mood of shifting the rubble of destruction on foreign shoulders.
Regarding the Houla massacre he clearly stated that not even ‘monsters’ would commit such a gruesome act. Well, on the basis of neutrality there have been incidents reported which signify the presence of foreign forces trying to play their usual clandestine role in the manipulation of state affairs.
In this particular context two of Britain’s Special Forces men were captured by Syrian authorities who were released following a high-level intervention by the British Government. The officials were strictly instructed not to engage in any firefight since they were not at war with Syria, but there are intelligence reports that special British ops are on ground, and are providing rebels every possible support when it comes to arms and ammunition.
The very presence does show that they were up to no good, at least for the Assad regime. Similarly, the French have also been actively participating when it comes to intervention process.
Over 13 French officials were captured by Syria last month under charges of supplying anti-aircraft missiles to the opposition forces. The awkward silence of France on the issue, could not help more in helping people understand that the West is once again trying to replicate the model it applied to sack Libya.
Ironically, Assad and his atrocious measures against his own people have provided foreign forces every possible opportunity for the expansion of their covert operations. The leader of Syria believes himself to be a doctor who is performing a messy emergency surgery, but does not have blood on his hands since he is trying to save a patient.
"When a surgeon in an operating room ... cuts and cleans and amputates, and the wound bleeds, do we say to him your hands are stained with blood?" "Or do we thank him for saving the patient?” the people of Syria would like to correct his words by replacing operating room with slaughter house.
The massacre and oppression they have witnessed being committed by the Assad’s deathly squad known as The Shabiha does make the correction very necessary. Even in the Houla massacre it is The Shabiha militia and its terrifying members who are being blamed for butchering 108 people including children and women.
These pro-Assad thugs went through the village, house to house and slit the throats of anyone they came across. A week later these callous and merciless brutes pulled 12 factory workers off a bus in the town of Qusayr, tied their hands behind their backs, and shot them straight through the head. The Shabiha force with its combination of brute strength and blind allegiance to the regime has emerged as the latest force synonymous to terror. Maybe it is time for President Assad to revise the understanding he has about the word ‘doctor’ and their responsibilities.
Like a dictator, he can definitely refer to himself as a doctor, lifesaver, savior or any other term he likes. However, with a force and team like The Shabiha in his acclaimed operation room, all Assad would be left with, once the operation ends, would be a skyscraper of corpses.