I’ll start by saying that I really hate this guy. I mean, yeah, there are plenty of people I don’t like. But there are actually only ten people on this Earth that I truly and completely hate with the intensity of a Japanese nuclear reactor core meltdown. Bashar Assad is one of them and he is part of a select few that includes Richard Branson and Bette Midler. The reasons are many.

I don’t just put you on that list because you have a shitty mustache or even because you’re a dictator (or because you’re a self-obsessed billionaire or a talentless bimbo with a tumor for a nose). To be honest, it has to be more than that. It has to go deeper. Way deeper.

“UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has met officials in Iran and Iraq in an attempt to shore up support for his peace plan on Syria.

Mr Annan warned both countries that the conflict could spread across the region if the violence was not stopped.

The tour came after talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday which he described as “constructive”.

Meanwhile, Russia is sending warships to its naval base at Syria’s port of Tartus, military sources said.

Correspondents say the move is designed to show that Russia – an ally of the Syrian government – will protect its interests in the region.” – BBC NEWS

Assad is an unusual tyrant. He sounds like Mr. Bean when he talks and he looks like the villain in an old French film from the 30’s. He doesn’t appear the least bit threatening and I’m convinced Stephen Hawking could take him in a fight. And it’s no surprise Russia and China want him to stay. Doing business with a dictator is a lot easier than doing business with an entire democracy. But tyrants don’t really respond to “constructive” conversations. Shit, man, we’ve been having “constructive” conversations with him for years. And where has that gotten us?

“US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said it was “deeply alarmed” at “reports from inside Syria that the regime may be organising another massacre”.

Such an attack could happen, it suggested, in al-Haffa or the towns of Deir el-Zour, Homs or Hama, or in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 74 people were killed across Syria on Monday.

UK foreign secretary William Hague believes al-Qaeda linked terrorists are operating in Syria

An activist website, the Violations Documenting Centre, said there had been 29 deaths in the past week from bombardment in al-Haffa. All but three of the dead were civilians, it added.

These reports cannot be confirmed independently because Syria heavily restricts journalists’ freedom of movement.”

No shit they restrict journalists’ freedom of movement. When you’re committing atrocities or breaking international law you don’t let people take fucking pictures. And as much as I respect journalists (the like five actual journalists who are left in the world) I think it’s completely absurd to think they would let you roam around Syria taking pictures and talking to people. Just saying.

And of course civilians are getting killed. It’s a civil war. In a civil war everyone is a civilian. Granted, putting down a civilian uprising by killing all the civilians is a pretty novel approach. So, you know, kudos for thinking outside the box and all. And while I’m not crazy about using military force in another country I’m starting to think that’s really the only card we have left to play. Because short of dropping a bomb on him or putting a bullet through his brainpan I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

Look, we tried talking to Khaddafi for like 40 years until Obama finally did what Reagan should have done. And I understand that America, or indeed the international community, shouldn’t be deciding who is in charge in someone else’s country. But, hey, I shouldn’t be watching college girls sunbathe in the yard next door while giving myself The Stranger. Life is full of contradictions I guess. I just roll with it.



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