The evil regime of Bashar Assad’s Ba’ath party needs to be held accountable for the wrong that it has done, the Tundra Tabloids just doesn’t want to see the the Muslim Brotherhood, or any other fundamentalist Muslim organization assuming the reigns of power and being the ones ‘exacting the justice’. The results would be the same as what’s taking place in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, one tyranny being exchanged for another.
The following article tells of what the present tyranny in Syria is all about, and it’s been seen time and again throughout history, so that in itself is not news. The banality of evil of an evil regime and its dictator is not new either, it’s something that Hannah Arendt, a German American political theorist witnessed during the Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem.
Assad is just doing what, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Lenin and Saddam Hussein did before him, their supposed duty, even if it means brutally suppressing others in the most inhumane, evil way imaginable, it’s just part of the duty in protecting the Ba’ath regime, calm, cool and collected like. KGS
Abu Ali is a cog from the inner core of the apparatus of repression and he has reason to be uneasy, fearing retribution from those he once served and those he victimized. Still, he speaks very matter of factly about his former work, plainly, without artifice, virtually without emotion. There is a palpable coldness in his eyes and the tone of his voice. He is thin lipped and there is nothing warm about this man. It seems very easy to understand him as someone who practiced cruelty professionally, clinically, as a job.
He says state sanctioned torture is nothing new.
“The methodology for the security services to torture people in Syrian prisons is well established and goes back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. Just one specific example is called the flying carpet. It is a prisoner’s introduction to jail. It’s a suspended tire one is put through, the legs raised off the ground, then you are beaten with cables. That happens as soon as you enter a Syrian prison, you sit on the flying carpet. We called it part of our hospitality.”
The menu of horrors available is extensive.
Freedom to die: Inside the Syrian torture chamber
Syrian protesters at a funeral.
At first glance Abu Ali doesn’t look like much of a villain. He is a Syrian man of average height and build, forty something in age, with nothing remarkable about his appearance; except his dark leather jacket that gives him away, it’s virtually a uniform, a trademark of his profession, as a Praetorian guard of the state. Abu Ali is not an ordinary man at all. He was until very recently one of President Bashar al-Assad’s secret policemen, an enforcer, a torturer, a man who spent most of his adult life compiling dossiers on his own people or extracting confessions from those considered undesirable or dangerous to the Assad dynasty’s ruthless regime that has held sway, passed down from father to son, almost unchallenged for nearly half a century, that is until now.
Syria’s uprising is now some nine months old and it has witnessed the most ferocious, blood soaked government crackdown in the whole of the Middle East’s so called Arab Spring; the awakening of revolution in progress first sparked in Tunisia’s and Algeria’s pro-democracy movements which soon swept the whole region toppling or threatening dictatorships from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.
Some western journalists privately poke fun at the Syrian strongman’s rather nebbish appearance as a “chinless wonder.” Assad does not strike the classic pose as a third world dictator in a bemedalled uniform. Outwardly, he is a mild mannered, fairly gawky figure in bespoke European suits, an effete tyrant with a pronounced lisp and bird like eyes rather too close together. But he is all powerful, referred to as the “upper god” by his Baath Party followers and there is nothing funny about a minimum estimated 5300 people, mostly unarmed civilians, security forces have killed so far, according to Syrian and international human rights groups.