A report from The Globe and Mail this morning pins Bashar al Assad with responsibility for having committed a “many” war crimes as stated by Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations.
All members of the UN are now informed and aware of this including Russia and China, of course. Now, what will be done about it?
- Will Russia continue on course to resupply the Assad government with more weapons while the UN Security Council supervises the dismantling of his chemical weapons arsenal?
- Will Russia and China continue to alibi for the rogue dictator and regime?
- How will the Arab League respond, given that some of its members are also rogue regimes with similar propensity?
The endgame for the free world is to put the Syrian government out of business and to encourage transformation to a democratic republic. The endgame is not a new Islamic state ruled by another brand of Islamic radicals.
Getting rid of Assad will be a three-step process:
- Keep his cooperation to dismantle chemical weapons and to destroy them.
- Support rebel forces with continuing humanitarian aid, and conditionally, if Russia continues to supply the government, the US should supply the rebels with weapons and ammunition.
- Once the chemicals are destroyed, then seek prosecution of Assad for war crimes at the world court.
From the Daily Mail report:
“This is a war crime,” Mr. Ban told the Security Council when he presented the report. “The results are overwhelming and indisputable. The facts speak for themselves.”
On Friday, Mr. Ban said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity,” though he did not specifically blame him for the Ghouta attack. He added that Mr. al-Assad would be held to account for his crimes.
“On the basis of the evidence obtained during the investigation of the Ghouta incident, the conclusion is that chemical weapons have been used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale,” said the report by chief UN investigator Ake Sellstrom of Sweden.
“This is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja [Iraq] in 1988,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The international community has pledged to prevent any such horror from recurring, yet it has happened again.”