It is too often that one has had lately to hear all kinds of demagoguery coming from Western leaders and political observers which boil down to the simple formula 'We cannot do anything more about Syria, cos all our non-military arsenal of levers and means of pressure has been exhausted'. To me that sounds like barefaced cheap lies - very cynical too.
There are a lots of things in the arsenal of the US & its Western
allies to contribute to democratic revolution in Syria, or, at least,
overthrowing Assad's repressive regime. What to do about Syria?
1. First of all, criminal proceedings should have been initiated against
Assad in Hague Tribunal quite a time ago. Morally one cannot understand
why it hasn't been done many months ago, but, taking into account the
sad realities and absolute immorality of the politics of many so called
democracies in the West it only stands to reason that Assad is not
prosecuted by this 'controlled selective justice tool' - Hague Tribunal:
many politicians in the West are still holding out hope that Assad's
forces will prevail in the end, no real responsibility for saving
Syrians will not have to be taken and Syria will continue to remain
blissfully weak and therefore safe country in the eyes if the US - just
as is the case with all the rest of the Middle East (about the
purposeful policies of the West aimed at creating and keeping bloody
dictators in the Middle East see also http://dr-world.blogspot.com/2011/03/america-refused-to-teach-arabs.html, http://dr-world.blogspot.com/2011/06/why-did-west-start-war-against-gaddafi.html and http://dr-world.blogspot.com/2011/03/some-extra-about-moral-political-crisis.html).
It goes without saying that not having started prosecuting Assad
through the Hague Tribunal just adds to the ruining of the already
disfigured image and reputation of those justice institutions and
2. Stop buying oil.
3. Stop all diplomatic relations with Syria, call back all diplomats.
4. FREEZE all bank accounts and transaction of the regime and its officials.
5. Deny entry visa and movement of any Syrian regime officials within (and through) the territory of the Western and countries.
6. Continue information war and moral support (there is huge experience
accumulated by the West in this respect in the times of the Cold War,
ranging from radio-channels provided for the dissidents of the regime to
helping with financing the opposition groups' own press and information
7. One the most important things to do: provide free specialist
consultation to the opposition groups on more effective political fight
tactics and organizations, about leadership formation and the creation
8. Last but not least: Western powers must publicly PROMISE that
irrespective of the situation in Syria the West's relations won't
improve and all the sanctions will stay in force. Veeeery important
step, because, obviously, now the Syrian government hopes (just as any
other government would do in its place), that if it finally succeeds in
suppressing the revolutionary forces, over time the situation will come
back to normal, the West as ever, will calm down, and everything will be
business as usual.
9. You don't need to be Machiavelli to understand that president Assad
and his groups would resist to as long as possible and kill as many
people as necessary to support their hope, for one simple reason: they
FEAR for their lives. If the West is really interested in promoting
democracy and saving as many civilian lives as possible (which I doubt
very much on the historical grounds) they can negotiate a form of
guaranties for Assad's life - kind of safe 'prison-asylum'. I am all for
putting Assad on trial, but, as a man who REALLY wants to stop the
blood shed in Syria, I would happily agree to 'imprison' Assad like
Napoleon on some island with a life-long pension, servants and safe good
conditions, ONLY to STOP the killings and facilitate the regime change.
With all my hatred of people like Assad, thousands of innocent lives
and a speedy change of regime for me are thousands times more valuable
that one life of this butcher.
All theses things are understood and known by Western powers no worse
than by me, but they are not done. Hope that new players like Turkey
will help Syrian people much faster than Western HYPER-HYPOCRITES!