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The blame game

October 4, 2012
The Journal

We had to shake our heads this week after reading about the Syrian Foreign Minister's speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem bashed most everyone in the room who has been calling for Syria to end its war on its own citizens and for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. In the talk, al-Moallem blamed the extremists for prolonging the crisis, and denounced the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey for supporting the "terrorism" of the Syrian rebels.

"This terrorism which is externally supported is accompanied by unprecedented media provocation based on igniting religious extremism sponsored by well-known states in the region," he told the U.N. General Assembly.

No mention was made of the brutal represssion that Assad ordered 18 months ago to put down peaceful protests in the country. No mention of the massacres of women and children by Syrian troops. More than 30,000 people have reportedly been killed, and thousands have fled or are trying to flee the country.

Al-Moallem invited the opposition in Syria to "work together to stop the shedding of Syrian blood." It's kind of hard to do that when one side is doing most of the shooting and the otehr side is doing most of the bleeding.

 
 

 

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