President Bashar al-Assad is the son of a man who ruled Syria with an iron fist for three decades and when he died left what he created to his children. There were high hopes when Bashar became president since he had lived in England and was familiar with the concept of a democratic government, but each passing year simply reveals that his father is the guide for his life, not his life experiences in western Europe. During the past two months thousands of people in Syria organized protests in their efforts to have a more democratic society. Initially, most participating were willing to accept Bashar as their president, but each person killed only creates a hundred or a thousand enemies who want revenge against the current government. It is unfortunate that Bashar al-Assad has not learned from what happened to Hosni Mubarak, former president of Egypt. In the early stages of protests, most were willing to allow him to continue in power for a few months and then retire in peace. Today, Mubarak and his sons are in prison.
In a dramatic turn of events in Syria, two members of Parliament resigned in protest against the murders of innocent people. MP Nasser al-Hariri walked out of parliament and said: “I can’t protect my people when they get shot at and so I am resigning.” He was furious at reports of security forces killing people at a funeral and entering hospitals and taking away wounded patients.
Bashar al-Assad fails to hear the bells tolling in the streets of Syria. The bell tolls for thee, Bashar.