Its involvement in Vienna will be a test of whether it intends to play a constructive role in the region and in ending Assads
Someone should offer Haj Saleh's book and the Atassi-Homsi film to those leaders in the West who, by action or omission, continue to tolerate the Assads
and their Iranian backers.
/) reported that it could be against the law to strike against the Islamic State in Syria if neither Assad
not the United Nations agreed.
Like ISIL and Al-Qaeda, there is Nuri Al-Maliki, a bad man who is willing to massacre his people just to remain in power, much like Bashar Assad
As embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad
fights for his political survival, many negative adjectives can be found to describe the brutality of his regime in its attempts to crush the opposition and win the civil war, which has decimated and fragmented Syria.
From 1974, the Assads
enjoyed Israel's latent protection.
Of course it is no coincidence that Saddam represented the Sunni minority in Iraq, which has a Shiite majority, while the Assad
family relies on the Alawite minority in Syria, which has a Sunni majority.
In 1974, Gen Assad
got a guarantee for his regime's longevity through a US-brokered Golan deal with Israel.
government has been weighing options against the Assad
regime fully mindful of a mistake it made in its attack on Iraq in 2003.
Saddam Hussein and both Assads
unfurled the banner of Baathism to justify their blood-soaked regimes, even though there is scant evidence they had read the Baathists' turgid tomes.
Guardian itself believes that the SEA attack was a reprisal for a number of leaked emails from the Assads
and their inner circle that it had published.
But officially the Assads
are part of the Ba'th Arab Socialist Party which is ruling Syria.