The Bitter Syrians
The United States UN Ambassador Susan Rice said today that Syrians now know who’s truly backing them up and who is against them. This is after the UN resolution for Syria was overturned by the double veto from Russia and China. I would say there is some truth to what Ambassador Rice said. Yet you do not need to be a historian to remember that if the US wants to intervene, it waits not for a UN resolution, nor anyone’s consent for that matter.
Let’s get one thing clear, should no anti-Assad demonstrations take place in Syria anymore, it will take the world less than 3 months to chalk it all up to bad press and misleading witness reports. Everything will get back to normal. Arab states will resume their relations with Syria as if nothing happened and the west will continue to view Syria as a rogue state in while deeming it a necessary evil in the tried and true fashion of post ’76 theatrics.
The world couldn’t have been any less reluctant to act against Assad. Be it the snail pace of the Arab League mission (and their meek apologetic tone in addressing anything Assad in their meetings), or the US preaching the good word from afar but stopping short of a true diplomatic stance such as expelling the Syrian ambassador or withdrawing the US ambassador in Syria. They all wait for the problem to solve itself so they can get back to their regularly scheduled programming.
It is as if there is a universal joke that everyone is privy to, except for the Syrian people.
It is well in the west’s favor that the bloodshed is prolonged. The longer it goes, the more weary the people will become. The more willing they will be to give up anything in exchange for this tumor extraction. They’ll undoubtedly ask for ultimate compliance in foreign diplomacy, open invitations to any economic projects in the country, give up any claims over the Golan heights etc.. and the longer they prolong this, the higher their margin becomes for bargaining.
Then again, you can’t blame them. This is their only chance to do this, for once this behemoth of a regime is lifted, no one will be able to hold this country hostage ever again. No one. It is for that reason the world must brace itself for the rise of bitter Syrians. The people will win. Assad will lose. Your unwillingness will not be forgotten.