Middle East expert Fouad Ajami of the Hoover Institution says that Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad may be declaring victory.
He’s defied the outside world by continuing to exterminate his own people, with nobody able to stop him. By now, the Syrian people must know that nobody is coming to their rescue. According to Ajami:
“I think you have to give credit where credit is due to the killer in Damascus. Unlike Gaddafi, who was insane, and who said things in a brazen way, the man in Damascus kills, but he also has a referendum, so he still is faking out the international community. He is less newsworthy, if you will, than Muammar Gaddafi. Muammar Gaddafi’s insanity made him better copy. Muammar Gaddafi minced no words and said he was coming to kill the people in Benghazi, while Bashar says, as he kills them in Bab al Amr, he’s offering a referendum.”
Shelling of residential neighborhoods in Homs continued on Saturday. VOA
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