This blog has been highly critical of the current Israel policy toward Palestinians, but when a leader such as Bashar al-Assad tells the world while in Venezuela that Israel is a “genocidal state,” it raises questions as to whether the son has any knowledge regarding actions of his father back in the 1980s. Naturally, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who increasingly is destroying democracy in his own nation, cheered at the remarks of Assad and made certain the world knows what he thinks about the “genocidal Israeli state.” The death of a single human is horrible, particularly when caused by actions of those seeking to impose their will upon a people. The death of a thousand is infinitely more horrible and those responsible should be punished. But, for President al-Assad to complain about Israel without looking in the mirror of time, that is not merely irresponsible, but a violation of civil rights of Syrians.
On February 2, 1982, the then President al-Assad(Bashar’s father) unleashed the full force of his armed forces on the SYRIAN town of Hama because it was the center of dissent to his dictatorial regime. Airplanes bombed the city while tanks and thousands of soldiers entered to kill the opponents of President Assad. The conservative estimate is that at least 30,000 men, women and children were brutally murdered by their own troops while some estimates go as high as 40,000. After this massacre of MUSLIMS by MUSLIMS, there were no street protests in Arab or Muslim nations, no outcry against the brutality. Silence reigned.
Israel killed over a thousand people in Gaza, at least half were innocent civilians. Those responsible should be punished. But, to compare what Israel has done with the mass murder of over 30,000 raises questions. Thousands of Muslims protested the appearance of cartoons, but not a single one went into the streets to protest the murder of 30,000 of their fellow Muslims.