This week, dictator Bashar al-Assad will announce to the world his reelection as president of Syria. The election is a fraud, its outcome preordained. Dictators are not elected; they hold power by force and fear, the only motivations that Syrians have to show up for this charade.
Assad’s attempt to pretend — after bombing, starving and slaughtering his own people for more than three years — that he is holding a legally recognized election is intended to provide him and his tyrannical regime with a veneer of legitimacy, however false.
Secretary of State John Kerry termed it “cynical political theater.” Syrian democracy activists just call it Assad’s “blood elections.”… Seguir leyendo »
Of all the popular uprisings in recent history, that of the Syrian people is the most documented. For 2 1 / 2 years, the Assad regime’s inhumane military repression has been shown to the world through testimonies, photos and video footage captured on the mobile phones of terrified Syrians and, increasingly, through reports from respected international journalists.
It has never been more important to remember that the first months of the revolution resonated with the heartfelt slogans of “The Syrian people are one” and “Peaceful.” Even when Bashar al-Assad’s security forces upgraded their repression from live fire to airstrikes, peaceful demonstrators continued to chant, armed with banners, flowers and even cool water for the very security forces tasked with crushing them.… Seguir leyendo »