Sickened by Bashar and Asma Assad

Vomiting Causes

Assad is slipping in importance in the news, even on Al Arabiya, poor old Assad struggled today to find his emails anywhere, well almost.  Al Arabiya today has links to some emails posted yesterday, with some juicy kisses and I love yous; but its main Assad story was an American one; and that story is being carried by all of the larger media outlets.  The White House has officially taken notice of the emails and is “sickened.” What in the emails is more sickening than the killing on the ground in Syria?  iTunes.  iTunes, you have got be kidding?  Yep, iTunes, it is just sickening the way that Assad and his wife avoided the international sanctions and bought music – music, not guns, not bullets, not tanks, not airplanes and not bombs, just a bit of music.  Doesn’t that just make you sick?  The White House’s reaction to the emails and iTune gate was definitely the story of the day.  Pass the bucket, I am feeling sick to my stomach too.

The Russians are getting a bit sick over Assad, too; however, not because of the emails (unless there was something in the emails that sickened the Russians too), but because Assad just won’t do the right thing, stop the killing and begin political reforms.  The Russian criticism makes more sense, but coming now after a year and 9100 estimated deaths, one has to wonder – why now?

Syria’s leadership is making “a lot of mistakes”, Russia’s foreign minister has said, in a further sign Moscow may be hardening its stance on Damascus. Sergei Lavrov said President Bashar al-Assad’s regime had “responded incorrectly” from the start, when the protests were peaceful. He also said Moscow was prepared to support a UN resolution backing its envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. It comes a day after Russia called for a daily humanitarian ceasefire. Al Arabiya, 3-20-12

Understanding the Assad regime is impossible for me, with or without the emails; but equally challenging is understanding the positions and reactions of the leading nations in the world to the events in Syria.  It temps one into accepting the time-honored criticism of colonialism and western policy in the Middle East – “it is all about the money and the oil.”  According to the theory, each country is just working its own agenda, trying only to protect its commercial and military interests; nothing to do with democracy or humanitarian interests, just selfishness.  I still don’t accept that theory or at least not completely, but there are days when try as hard as I can, I cannot find a higher motive behind our policy.


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