Assad getting the "Iranian Medal of Freedom," or something (AP image)

Barring a sudden outbreak of moral sense at the United Nations, Syria will ooze its way into the ranks of the UN’s Human Rights Council as early as next month.  Neither Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General nor Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is expected to do much about it.  Both have sashayed around the issue deftly, claiming that this is a matter for the states of the Asia Bloc to resolve.

Syrian T-80 tank in Deraa

Thus we are very likely to see the Bashar al-Assad dictatorship, which is currently engaged in the delightful practice of using tanks and snipers to gun down protesters, in a position to criticize the human rights record of the United States and the rest of the civilized world, including, of course, “the Jewish entity.”

Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch put it best in a TIME interview:

“It’s clear there’s now a strategy to crush any form of dissent using overwhelming force,…There’s been a decision that they will tolerate no more dissent and that this has to end… They are still operating as if they’re under the emergency law, picking up people without arrest warrants, nothing has changed. if anything it’s gotten worse.”

The Obama régime is said to be studying the matter, but there appears to be a curious lack of action (or “kinetic presence of inaction,” if you will) on this front.  I suspect that Obama and his foreign policy rasputins have not yet decided how action on Syria would affect Obama’s image.

In other words, for the Obamites, the real issue is not human rights, but 2012.  Of note, a similar frame of mind persisted in France in the late 1930s, when politicians were more interested in holding on to their trough than in establishing a common front against tyranny.  Bad news for the rest of the world.

About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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  2. giulio says:

    that’s not a t 80!! it’s a t72 with ERA!!

    • I was just going on the basis of the caption. Just out of curiosity – how did you determine that? Looking at it with my feeblish eyeballs, I have a hard time telling the difference.

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