Saddam Bashar Is Bashar al Assad the new Saddam Hussein?

The gruesome twosome

If you go back far enough to 1979 you might’ve asked if Saddam Hussein was the new Hafez al-Assad, Bashar al-Assad’s father. Hafez took power in Syria in 1970 under the same Baath party that Hussein led in Iraq. Baath was formed in Syria in 1952. In many ways al-Assad set the stage for the reign of terror by Hussein so the comparison is justified. As conflict begins to heat up in Syria a new face of terror is coming to the forefront of the national debate.

Bashar al-Assad took power in 2000 after the death of Hafez. The Syrian government amended the constitution to lower the qualifying age to be president to 34, making Bashar eligible. He won 97% of the vote by running unopposed as political opposition is illegal in Syria.

The similarities between Hussein and the al-Assad family are spooky. In 1982 Hafez used chemical weapons on his own people in Hama, estimates on those killed range from 7,000 to 35,000. They continue to produce weapons for chemical warfare in Syria, with intelligence reports estimating at least four plants. Weapons of mass destruction anyone?

The Syrians have also been under the repressive “emergency” laws which have been in place since 1963. These laws give the government power to conduct martial law through arresting and imprisoning citizens without cause or trial, censoring the Internet and media, and restricting public gatherings while giving prosecutorial immunity to security forces. Much like the police state in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, the Syrian government is a blight on human rights.

As protests rage in Syria, al-Assad’s security forces are responding by imprisoning and killing protesters in the streets.

Bashar al-Assad despises Israel and the United States with a heated passion. As I’ve noted before, his country has been on the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list since 1979. They provide safe-haven, political, and monetary support to a number of terrorist groups like HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hizballah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. Syria continues to provide weapons to these groups despite UN Security Council resolution 1701 of 2006, demanding an arms embargo into Lebanon. Also, a large number of foreign fighters have entered Iraq through Syria to kill American troops.

While the Obama Administration and our military turn their attentions to Libya, the greatest threat to the Middle East might actually be in Syria. Bashar al-Assad rules with an iron fist and has shown no hesitation to murder his people. He has denied international pleas for human rights and continues to support terrorism. In Libya we are on the de facto side of the rebels. Protesters in Syria might think if they can make enough noise the United States will also come to their aid. We all need to understand what is going on and make a decision on whether we will support such action when the time comes. In the Middle East the rise of a powerful dictator never seems to end well and chances are we will eventually have to face Bashar al-Assad at some point.

That confrontation may come sooner rather than later.

 Is Bashar al Assad the new Saddam Hussein?

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Alan Moore wrote 121 articles on this blog.

Founder and editor of Moore Common Sense. Former press secretary for a presidential campaign, online communications expert, native Virginian, and all around politico.

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4 Responses to “Is Bashar al-Assad the new Saddam Hussein?”

  1. Chris Munroe says:

    Dear Sir,

    You need a better proofreader. Bashar al-Assad’s father’s name is correctly spelled as Hafez not Hayez.

    Sincerely,

    Chris

  2. sylvie badaro says:

    Bashar is a murderer indeed and will ultimately hang on Saddam’s rope. All terrorists will face such an end. No escape. May both the souls of these two Baathists Saddam and Bashar burn in hell.

  3. sylvie badaro says:

    Bashar is a murderer indeed and will ultimately hang on Saddam’s rope. All terrorists will face such an end. No escape. May both the souls of these two Baathist Saddam and Bashar burn in hell.

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