The AP and other news organizations are reporting that Syria’s Assad government has taken out the mailed fist and has slammed into Daraa with tanks, snipers, and thousands of troops. This, of course, is all too reminiscent of the Hama massacre in 1982, when Hafez al-Assad’s ordered his brother, Rifaat al-Assad to lay that city waste to suppress a rebellion centered there. Somewhere between ten and forty thousand Syrians died and the city looked like Berlin in 1945 .
The AP report has a remarkable quote:
“Let Obama come and take Syria. Let Israel come and take Syria. Let the Jews come,” shouted one Daraa resident over the phone. “Anything is better than Bashar Assad,” he said, playing on Syria’s hatred for Israel to highlight how much town residents despise their leader.
If that’s what people in the streets of Syria are saying, I suspect the days of the Assad regime are numbered, however many tanks and soldiers they deploy.