At a time when most nations are trying to figure out how to stop Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from killing his own people in a year-long struggle to stay in power, the Venezuelan government is helping to prop him up.
The facts and figures coming out of Syria are grisly, with more than 9,000 dead since last spring. On an average day, 50 citizens are shot and killed by government security forces. Bridges and roads out of the country are blown up, preventing civilians from fleeing. Doctors are ordered to tranquilize torture victims so that they cannot speak to international observers. Journalists are assassinated. Children and women are slaughtered. Assad’s is a historically bad regime, committing undeniable crimes against humanity.
Bashar’s barbarism cannot be overstated. Together with his father Hafez’s bloody regime, Syria has seen 41 years of Assad family rule. This puts the father-son duo in North Korea and Cuba territory for longest dynastic dictatorship.
It comes as a shock, then, to see this New York Times headline: “As Others Isolate Syria, Chávez Ships Fuel to It.” And another stunner from Reuters: “Venezuela to ship more fuel to Syria as crackdown spreads.”