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.” It is revealing that the only powers attempting to validate this fakery are Russia and Iran, which are sending “observers” to oversee it.… Seguir leyendo »