(CNN) — The debate over what is happening inside Syria should now end. A new report by three veteran war crimes prosecutors, released exclusively by CNN and The Guardian, offers what appears to be irrefutable evidence of systemic war crimes by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey Morton Abramowitz argues that
“If more Syrians are to be saved we will have to again consider a difficult course of action the administration has always rejected and is not politically popular, using force to insure the delivery of goods to Syrians in desperate circumstances on a continuing basis. If we want to significantly improve the humanitarian equation in any short term time frame this course will be essential. Such a response also offers perhaps another way to enhance the possibility of a political settlement. Whether it will all be seen that way here is another matter.”
Ambassador Abramowitz is right indeed. Humanitarian conditions in Syria are changing from bad to worse on a continuous basis, there is no more room for any further delays if we are to avoid catastrophe.
Finally, Western intelligence agencies are beginning to publicly admit and confirm what activists on the ground have been saying for months now, namely that Assad and Al-Qaeda are collaborating against rebel groups. So, Assad says one thing, does another. Surprise, surprise.
By now such statements come as nothing more than a show of petulant defiance by a toy-boy holed up in a bunker somewhere watching the end of a dynasty project that should never have been launched. Whether he pays for his and his father’s crimes now, or ten years from now, who really cares? Nothing can ever change the fact of how petty, malevolent and spiteful the Assads’ venture into the world has been. This terse footnote to a dark and convoluted history ends now.