Bashar al-Assad’s regime is more dangerous than any chemical, nuclear or biological weapon. Likewise, Khomeini’s Iran is dangerous with or without nuclear weapons.
It is normal to focus on stopping Bashar and his mercenaries who have no human values; they kill children, women and elderly using poison, rudeness and ruthlessness.
Chemical weapons are banned internationally and Bashar’s targeting of helpless victims aroused Donald Trump’s anger. Russians, Bashar and Khomeini doubted the US strikes on Shuayrat military base in the countryside of Homs.
However, ethical side of the American strike apart, the survival of this regime, which happens to be the trigger of this conflict and catalyst for terrorist groups, is not the cure for terrorism. For this reason, the right action for America, and its US allies in Europe and the Arab world led by Saudi Arabia, is to end this regime and not just remove Bashar.
The regime should be removed regardless of Russia’s moral and political mask as it did not care for the tragedies of the Syrian people and just wanted to maintain the survival of Bashar.
US ambassador to Damascus, Robert Ford, said in an interview to American CBS channel that attacks against Assad regime must continue. It is not possible to achieve the American desire to change the regime as long as there is still Iranian and Russian support for Assad.
What is required now from Arabs is to stand by this new momentum built by American attacks. They should move on from expressing just moral outrage to building a new strategy to end this regimeMashari Althayidi
Need of the hour
I think it is possible to end the Assad regime despite Russians and Iranian support and all that is needed is a vision, determination and solid alliance.
The Russians stood on the dark side of history. They risked going against Muslims across the world and not just in the Arab region. The most recent expression of the Russian decision was the horrid veto used on Wednesday to prevent investigations in the wake of Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.
An interview released by Kremlin quoted Putin as saying that “Damascus got rid of its chemical weapons.”
Putin was upset with what he heard about the Khan Shaykhun’s poisonous rain. So he said “the air strikes of the Syrian government might have hit a chemical weapons warehouse belonging to the opposition, which led to the emission of toxic gas, or it could also be a fabricated incident to mislead the image of the Syrian government.”
What is important for the Russian leader is to protect Bashar and his regime whether he targeted his people with chemical weapons or not, these are trivial details.
What is required now from Arabs is to stand by this new momentum built by American attacks. They should move on from expressing just moral outrage to building a new strategy to end this regime.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.