SUNDAY POST 4-9-2017
Following in the political and inhumane footsteps of his father Hafez, who was described as a “radical socialist” and “terrorist” and his brother Rifaat known as the “Butcher of Hama”Bashar al Assad has also demonstrated a repeated history of his lack of regard for Syrian lives and for human lives in general. A rare trait for someone who is a Medical Doctor.
The recent Syrian war crime allegations are not limited to the Assad regime. It’s apparent and alleged that horrific crimes have also been committed by the Syrian ISIS insurgents
On the other side, some rebel groups “fired indiscriminately in attacks that killed and injured dozens, including women and children.” These attacks were launched “without a clear military target” and “intentionally terrorized the civilian population,”
The rebels’ use of an improvised mortar — known as the “hell cannon” — “terrorized” residents of government-held western Aleppo, according to the report. And it said that some armed groups also withheld humanitarian aid and restricted the movement of local residents, instead using them as human shields. NBC News.
The allegation that Syrian President Assad has gassed Syrian citizens is not the first time Assad family regime has been accused of war type crimes against its own citizens. . Bashar al Assad assumed control of Syria in July of 2000 when his father, Syrian President Hafez el Assad died in office . In 1982 Syrian president Hafez and his first son General Rifaat al Assad were held responsible for the murder of approximately 1000 Syrians in an incident later referred to a the Hama Massacre.
The Hama massacre (Arabic: مجزرة حماة) occurred in 2 February 1982, when the Army Syrian Arab and the Defense Companies, under the orders of the country’s president Hafez al-Assad, besieged the town of Hama for 27 days in order to quell an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood against al-Assad’s government.The massacre, carried out by the Syrian Army under commanding General Rifaat al-Assad, effectively ended the campaign begun in 1976 by Sunni Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, against the government.
Initial diplomatic reports from Western countries stated that 1,000 were killed. Subsequent estimates vary, with the lower estimates claiming that at least 2,000 Syrian citizens were killed,while others put the number at 20,000 (Robert Fisk), or 40,000 (Syrian Human Rights Committee). About 1,000 Syrian soldiers were killed during the operation and large parts of the old city were destroyed. The attack has been described as one of “the single deadliest acts by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East”. According to Syrian opposition, the vast majority of the victims were civilians.
According to Syrian media, anti-government rebels initiated the fighting, who “pounced on our comrades while sleeping in their homes and killed whomever they could kill of women and children, mutilating the bodies of the martyrs in the streets, driven, like mad dogs, by their black hatred.” Security forces then “rose to confront these crimes” and “taught the murderers a lesson that has snuffed out their breath”.Wikipedia
According to author Patrick Seale, “every party worker, every paratrooper sent to Hama knew that this time Islamic militancy had to be torn out of the city, whatever the cost…” The military was mobilized, and president Hafez al-Assad sent Rifaat’s special forces (the Defense companies), elite army units and Mukhabarat agents to the city. Before the attack, the Syrian government called for the city’s surrender and warned that anyone remaining in the city would be considered a rebel. Besieged by 12,000 troops, the fighting in Hama lasted for three weeks – the first week “in regaining control of the town,” and the last two “in hunting down the insurgents.” Robert Fisk, in his book Pity the Nation, described how civilians were fleeing Hama while tanks and troops were moving towards the city’s outskirts to start the siege. He cites reports of high numbers of deaths and shortages of food and water from fleeing civilians and from soldiers.
According to Amnesty International, the Syrian military bombed the old city center from the air to facilitate the entry of infantry and tanks through the narrow streets; buildings were demolished by tanks during the first four days of fighting. Large parts of the old city were destroyed. There are also unsubstantiated reports of use of hydrogen cyanide by the government forces. After encountering fierce resistance, Rifaat’s forces ringed the city with artillery and shelled it for three weeks.
After the initial attacks, military and internal security personnel were dispatched to comb through the rubble for surviving members of the Muslim Brotherhood and their sympathizers.Torture and mass executions of suspected rebel sympathizers ensued, killing many thousands over several weeks. Rifaat, suspecting that rebels were still hiding in tunnels under the old city, had diesel fuel pumped into them and set ablaze and stationed T-72 tanks at the tunnel entrances to shell the militants exiting the tunnels Wikipedia.
It is no surprise that Syrian President Assad would turn on his own people without regard and with impunity Assad does not understand or will not admit that the US strike on his military installation was in response to his chemical attack on innocent Syrian citizens and not a signal that the United States supports his opposition. Quite the contrary, the US should have bombed them both in a signal that attacks on civilians from either faction will not be tolerated. . Assad probably and erroneously assumed that since he has had impunity from past US Presidents, his chemical attack would of course be ignored. And Mainstream Media in the US reports that Bashar Assad is fighting terrorism. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/middle_east-july-dec06-syria-terror_09-14/. .