“By all necessary means”: Syria is closer than you think, and the hour is late—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #25 (April 9)

Syria is Closer than you Think

Distance between Damascus and the following cities:

Beirut, Lebanon 53 miles
Amman, Jordan 110 miles
Tel Aviv, Israel 134 miles
Cairo, Egypt 382 miles
Ankara, Turkey 433 miles
Baghad, Iraq 469 miles
Istanbul, Turkey 656 miles
Athens, Greece 769 miles
Tehran, Iran 874 miles
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 875 miles
Dubai, UAE 1278 miles

Distance between Aleppo, Syria and the following cities:

Nicosia, Cyprus 225 miles
Ankara, Turkey 358 miles

Comparison Distance between American Cities:

New York, N.Y.-Chicago 711 miles

Latest News Reports and Opinion

Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders has stated that a humanitarian intervention in Syria will be required if Bashar al-Assad continues along the road of barbarism.

“Une intervention humanitaire avec une protection militaire sur le terrain sera nécessaire en Syrie si le régime du président Syrien Bachar al Assad continue sur la voie de la barbarie, a affirmé dimanche le chef de la diplomatie belge Didier Reynders.”

AFP, “La Belgique pourrait intervenir en Syrie; “Le régime a pris le chemin de la barbarie et je fais de moins en moins confiance au président Bachar al Assad,” LaLibre/be, 8 avril 2012.

Human Rights Watch has documented through personal interviews over 100 summary executions by Syrian forces and the government’s Shabeeha militia. The actual number of victims may be much higher.

See “Syria: Extrajudicial Executions; Security Council Sanctions, ICC Referral Needed,” Human Rights Watch, April 9, 2012.

The full 23-page report, “In Cold Blood: Summary Executions by Syrian Security Forces and Pro-Government Militias,” is found here.

See also

Sylvie Matton, “Srebrenica : 1995, Syrie : 2012, silence ! on tue…,”Le Monde, 9 avril 2012 (1434 h). Syvie Matton is a journalist and the author of Srebrenica, un génocide annoncé (Flammarion, 2005). In this article, she recounts the treachery of U.N. officials, including Kofi Annan, who were absent from their posts over the weekend of the Srebrenice massacre, which the author states had 8,375 confirmed victims.

Terror That Cannot Be Stopped By Logic or Reason

Bashar al-Assad’s assault on civilians with tanks, snipers, and all the instruments of terror of a modern state is not likely to be stopped by logic or reason, just as Hitler’s terror could not have been stopped by logic or reason.

The leaders of Western countries, like their populations, are extraordinarily slow to recognize evil, perhaps because in the 21st century they don’t want to believe that true evil exists. But it does. Now. In Syria.

It is time to stop al-Assad.

–The Trenchant Observer, “U.N. Commission Report on Crimes Against Humanity in Syria; Military Action; Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention in Syria and International Law, February 24, 2012.

Ït is time to stop al-Assad. By all necessary means. With or without Security Council authorization. Now.

The Trenchant Observer


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