Saturday, April 16, 2011

What's Next for Syria?

As the Syrian protesters persist and risk everything on a daily basis, I have begun to wonder what it's going to take for Assad to blink.  Just in the past month, hundreds have been murdered by the regime and thousands have been detained and tortured--not to mention the countless lives violently lost in the past 4 decades at the hands of the Assad family. 

What do these protesters want?  They simply want freedom, dignity and democracy.  For those basic demands that all people deserve to ever materialize in Syria, Bashar al-Assad and his regime must step down and face criminal charges. 

To quote Edmund Burke, All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  For more than 40 years, evil has triumphed in Syria.  But make no mistake about it, those protesters have plenty of spirit left.  Let's not allow too many more of them to die before we act.  

As I sat down to write this post, I listened to Senator Joe Lieberman's speech on Syria from earlier this week on the Senate floor.  He said it better than I could, so here it is.  Take a few minutes to watch or listen.  He gets it right and sums it up better than anyone else has recently.

As always, I welcome your comments.