- Posted February 4, 2014 by
Failure of Countering Assad terrorism against Syrian people.
Since the 911 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, the international community with the lead of the United States took on the role of “protecting the world” by counterterrorism against Al-Qaida and its affiliated entities.
Counterterrorism is a method which incorporates tactics, techniques, and strategies which a government and its military adopt to attack terrorist threats and allows the government to act under the legal context of protecting human rights.
Is Al-Qaida the only terrorist?
Syria has been ruled by a brutal dictatorship for two generations. In 1970, Hafez Al Assad took over power in Syria by violently overthrowing the government. He ruled over the nation until his death in 2000, when his son Bashar Al Assad took over the dictatorship. At his father’s death in 2000, Bashar Al Assad was too young to take over the country; back then the minimum required age for Syrian Presidents was forty. The Parliament therefore lowered the minimum age to 34. At the time, Bashar Al Assad was 35. In order to maintain power in the country, both father and son did not hesitate to commit violent mass murder and torture citizens. The forty two years of Al Assad rule under the Ba’ath Party shows how abuse of power can lead to devastating and deadly outcomes.
In 2011 the Arab Spring sprang up in the Middle East, starting with Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The Syrian reform started with demanding reforms, people were asking for better living conditions which reflect the great resources available to the country. Despite this, Assad the son met peaceful protesters with a violent and brutal crackdown. Bashar Al Assad has killed over 200,000, detained over 100,000 including women and children and practices the most gruesome torture tactics against his prisoners. Bashar al Assad is also responsible for displacing 5,000,000 people into neighboring countries, according to UN statistics. The massacres are still going on. Some people argue that these massacres have reached a larger scale than any genocide the world has ever come to know.
This is significant since it shows how the abuse of power not only leads to the death and massacre of thousands of people, but also how the scale at which power is abused increases if not dealt with accordingly.
During the Geneva II peace talks in Switzerland, where world leaders gathered to find a solution to end the suffering of the Syrian people, the thought was to bring the opposition and the regime together at the negotiation table and have them agree to form a transitional government. After 10 days of negotiations all parties failed to find a political solution. The Assad delegation continued its procrastination. The outcome is extremely disappointing for the Syrian regime as they were hopeful to find peace. Also, the Assad regime is past due on the deadline to hand over chemical weapons. The regime used chemical weapons against besieged areas in Rural Damascus on August 21 of 2013 killing a total of 1500 people within 12 hours. Furthermore, the regime continues to refuse to release detainees and has banned humanitarian aid from entering besieged areas.
According to the UN, Syrian armed security forces have been responsible for: unlawful killing, including of children, medical personnel and hospital patients. Corps of the Syrian army have been deployed in a supporting role to the security forces; the civilian police have been involved in crowd control. The “shabiha” led by the security forces, also participated in abuses: torture, sexual and psychological torture; arbitrary arrest on a massive scale, deployment of tanks and helicopter gunships in densely populated areas, heavy and indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, collective punishment, enforced disappearances, wide scale and systematic destruction and looting of property, the systematic denial, in some areas, of food and water; and the prevention of medical treatment, including to children. Human rights watch accused the government and mercenaries of using civilians as human shields when they advanced on nongovernmental controlled areas
The propaganda of counterterrorism has failed to succeed once again. Despite the Human Rights Watch evidences and documentations that condemn the Assad regime as the most brutal terrorist in modern history.
One of the primary difficulties of implementing effective counterterrorist measures is the waning of civil liberties and individual privacy that such measures often entail. At times, measures designed to tighten security have been seen as abuses of power, or even violations of human rights under the rule of Syrian regime