Friday, August 19, 2011

Finally: Obama Administration Calls for End to Syrian Dictatorship But Reveals Its Own Worldview

By Barry Rubin

After months of rebellion in Syria and heavy repression there, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally called for the downfall of that country’s dictatorship.

That is a welcome event though this announcement carries indications that it has taken too long and is not entirely being done for the right reasons. Clinton began:

“For months, the world has borne witness to the Assad regime’s contempt for its own people. In peaceful demonstrations across the nation, Syrians are demanding their universal human rights. The regime has answered their demands with empty promises and horrific violence, torturing opposition leaders, laying siege to cities, slaughtering thousands of unarmed civilians, including children.”

In other words, the U.S. government has waited a really long time (“for months”) and nobody has done anything (“borne witness”) while the regime has been given every chance by the Obama Administration to offer some meaningless compromises (“empty promises”) in order to preserve an anti-American, terrorist-supporting, aggressive, repressive dictatorship. But it didn't slaughter enough civilians and children to repress the revolution so now it must go away.

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