Thursday, June 2, 2011

You want us to make ourselves vulnerable to this?

CNN has this article running today, on "crimes against humanity" in Syria:

Report: Syrian abuses could be 'crimes against humanity'
The Syrian regime has carried out a "systematic" series of abuses against protesters that could "qualify as crimes against humanity," and the United Nations must hold the government accountable, a leading humanitarian watchdog organization said Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch makes these assertions in a report titled "'We've Never Seen Such Horror': Crimes against Humanity in Daraa."

The 57-page document contains chilling detail from dozens of victims and witnesses to abuses in Daraa province, the southwestern Syrian powder keg where the anti-government protest movement began in mid-March before spreading across the country. The government reacted with a tough crackdown against protesters.

At present, the report says, there have been about 887 deaths "across Syria," including at least 418 people in Daraa province.

"For more than two months now, Syrian security forces have been killing and torturing their own people with complete impunity," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

"They need to stop -- and if they don't, it is the Security Council's responsibility to make sure that the people responsible face justice."

'We've never seen such horror', indeed.

So tell me - You want us to hand such people the Golan Heights, so that they can do this to us, too? If Syrians will do this to their own, why do you think they'll do any differently to Israelis?


  1. It is frightening to think about how blind some people can be, that is assuming it is blindness and not something worse.

  2. Why not assume that people who want to harm us, or to let others harm us, really are our enemies?

  3. Why would the Syrian regime attack Israel? How does that benefit Syria or Assad?

    Isn't it perfectly clear that the violence being done against the Syrian people by Assad is a result of his desperate attempt to stay in power?

  4. Anonymous 5:01 AM-
    1. Territory; the Syrian gov't views Israel not as Palestine, but as Southern Syria, because that's how the occupying powers (like Greece and Rome) treated it for centuries.

    2. Ideology; the Syrians buy into the dar-al-Islam idea that land governed once by Muslims must continue to be governed by Muslims.

    3. Regional alliances; their patron, Iran, uses them to further their goals in the region.