Silence impossible on Syrian atrocities(The National)
Supporters of the Syrian regime insist that Rami Makhlouf’s interview with the New York Times contained an irrefutable threat. Commenting on the uprisings in Syria, Mr Makhlouf, president Bashar al Assad‘s first cousin and the owner of Syriatel said this: “Without stability here, stability in Israel would be impossible.”
In his daily column for the pan-Arab Al Hayat daily, Daoud al Sharyan reflected on this comment: “This wasn’t a cry for help; he was threatening that [the Israeli] state would pay a high price in case the West opts to support the protesters in Syria as it did with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.”
Champions of the regime suggest that Syria is capable of threatening without resorting to war. The recent incidents in the Golan confirm this hypothesis. Damascus is also capable of sparking fire at the Lebanese borders at its convenience.
Mr Makhlouf’s opinions backfired on the image of Damascus, by revealing that al Assad’s regime has not learnt learn from the experiences of fallen Arab regimes, and doesn’t realise that the world has changed.
It is impossible for the world of politics today to remain silent about the atrocities taking place in Syria against Syrian citizens.
“Leave me alone or I will raise hell.” That was the Syrian regime’s winning card for decades, but it looks as if it has finally lost its power of persuasion.