Syrian President Bashar Assad claims his government had nothing to do with the bloody massacre of men, women, and children in a town named Houla last week and that not even monsters would so such a thing. He went on to insist the Syrian government, i.e., the Assad crime family, is only interested in peace:
(CBS News) — “Despite the political and reform process which we launched, terror has not stopped. I don’t have a magic wand. I have tried all political solutions with no avail. Terror will not stop unless we force it to stop,” he said in his televised speech. He pledged to press ahead with his military crackdown.
“The enemy has entered to the inside. We hate blood, but we have to deal with the situation on the ground as it needs to be dealt with,” the Syrian leader warned.
The president’s first comments on the massacre expressed horror over the deaths of more than 100 people, nearly half of them children. U.N. investigators say there are strong suspicions that pro-government gunmen carried out the killings, but Assad denied that.
Obviously the killers were working for the Assads, whether junior here knew about the plan ahead of time is hard to say and we’ll never know.
What I wonder is why this guy would want to stay in Damascas? Thanks to daddy warbucks he’s the head of one of the 500 or so billionaire dynasties in the world. There are plenty of much nicer countries that would love to have him and his money, plus the host nation would get the chance to play peacemaker. He would spend the rest of his days celebrated for leaving power in the heart of luxury. Why guys like Mubarak, Gaddafi, and now Assad, hang on to the bitter end, and what goes through their minds as part of that calculus, is beyond me.