|Syrian baby-killer branding an old trick|
Written by Scott Taylor
Last week there was a significant increase in sabre-rattling for an international military intervention in
While the Syrian opposition spokespersons living abroad portray themselves as defenceless protesters, the raging gun battles and growing list of casualties among security forces would indicate a rather well armed and determined rebel force. As was the case in the Libyan uprising last year, the only thing that unifies the polyglot collection of Syrian rebel factions is their desire to oust the current regime.
Beyond that objective, the aims of the Syrian rebels are widely divergent and range from enforcing Islamic fundamentalism to establishing Kurdish separatism. Despite what such a scenario would mean for the future stability of Syria and the entire region—one need only look to the current state of violent anarchy in post-Gaddafi’s Libya— Canada’s bellicose Foreign Minister John Baird, has already added his hearty voice to the Syrian rebel cause in demanding that “Assad must go!” To add further weight to this demand, last week Baird went one step further by ordering the expulsion of diplomats from the Syrian embassy in
As usual, the accounts of the Houla incident vary greatly, but the single consensus on the casualty list indicates that more than 100 were killed, including 49 children. The rebels claim that it was the handiwork of pro-Assad paramilitary troops; the government claims the entire incident was staged by the rebels to provoke an international military intervention.
Despite the fact there has been no independent verification of who is responsible, the Assad regime has now been branded by the western media as baby killers. This was clearly illustrated in a pair of graphic editorial cartoons that appeared in Canadian newspapers last week. The first depicted a Syrian tank crewmember painting a series of baby carriages on the side of the smoking gun barrel to signify his martial pride over his recent kills. The second one showed Russian President Vladimir Putin dressed as a policeman holding back would-be rescuers, while a mad dog (the Assad regime) ravages a baby in a pram. This, of course, is not good news for al-Assad. While very few Canadians understand the complexity of
At the turn of the last century, when a colonial war erupted in
Similarly, early news reports of German “Huns” butchering Belgian babies in World War I helped inspire thousands of Canadians to enlist in the Expeditionary Force. In August 1990, following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of
As an eyewitness, the teenager tearfully recounted how she had watched helplessly as Iraqi soldiers dumped newborns out of incubators and left them to die. Of course, it mattered not in the long run that neither the Boers nor the Huns or the Iraqis ever actually committed such atrocities. In fact, the tearful teenaged “witness” turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador who had never left the
Al-Assad’s days are now numbered, regardless of who is actually responsible for the Houla massacre.