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MENAFN - Arab News - 24/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab News) I do not remember who said that the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri drove Syrian troops from Lebanon and the assassination of Wissam Al-Hassan, head of information security branch in Lebanon, will drive Assad out of Damascus. But it's a prediction not far from being realized.

The assassination of the Lebanese security official, the man who revealed the planned assassinations and bombings in the country from neighboring Syria, will convince many people that the continuation of Bashar Assad's rule in Syria means more murder, terrorism and threats to the region.

Removing him is not just imperative for Syria, but also for regional and international stability, just like Qaddafi, who continued to finance murder and terrorism for nearly four decades. Most countries were unanimous on the need to get rid of him.

Most likely Hezbollah also carried out this dirty operation, as they carried out the assassination of Hariri in 2005. Also, no doubt that the implementation was backed by the Syrian regime, which was behind the killing of dozens of Lebanese figures over a span of 30 years.

The assassination of Al-Hassan is also proof that Assad's wounded regime is still dangerous and does not care about the consequences of its crimes. All the calamities that occurred, such as the assassination of Hassan, the bombing of Turkey, the targeting of Lebanese villages and the growing role of Al-Qaeda in the Syrian revolution, are results of the delay in actively supporting the Syrian revolution.

The delay in toppling Assad increases his chances of survival as a ruler, partly involved, in or in a separate mini-state that would enable him to continue his reign of terror in the region and the world.

His survival in ruling Damascus would be a danger to the entire region, especially with him being able to strengthen his security and military with unlimited support from Russia and Iran, and being able to build alliances, such as his relationship with Al-Maliki regime in Iraq.

Whoever predicted that the assassination of Hassan would spell the end of Assad in Damascus did not exaggerate. Earlier, with the failure of his projects in the bombings and assassinations assigned by the Syrian intelligence official, Ali Al-Mamlook to minister Michel Samaha in Lebanon, who was later caught out, inspired the idea that Assad's fangs are now dull, do not pose a threat, and we can afford for him to stay until he falls automatically during the ongoing war between him and his opponents inside Syria.

However, his insistence on committing more crimes, and his success in the assassination of one of the most responsible men for the safety and security of Lebanon, sounds off alarms that the wounded lion is more dangerous than a healthy one, encouraging the need to get rid of the Syrian regime as soon as possible.

It is true that Syria has become a quagmire that many are trying to stay away from, because of disagreements within the opposition, which have until now thwarted the dream of the Syrian people, and caused the aversion of many governments in the region and the world.

In addition to that, there are armed terrorist organizations belonging to Al-Qaeda, and others like it fighting in Syria, which threaten to impede Arab and international support of the Syrian revolution and enhance the status of Assad. However, in spite of all this, the overthrow of the Assad regime remains a necessity to avoid the risk of his survival that threatens everyone.

It is enough to imagine that if Assad survives the ordeal, with the support of the Maliki regime in Iraq and Iran believing it has excelled in Syria with the aid of Hezbollah, imagine how our region will become! It would be managed by four terrifying regimes that threaten the current Arab regimes and seek to overthrow them - we must recognize that we are in a period of a brutal history.

What is happening in Syria is quite normal; we are faced with people who have lived miserably downtrodden during 40 years of rule by Hafez Assad and his son Bashar, who ruled with iron and fire. Just like the overthrow of Saddam's ugly Baathist regime in Iraq, it is the right of the Syrian people to topple the Syrian Baath regime too.

This is the desire of the majority of Syrians and they have declared it with their blood, and it was not the desire of the Gulf states or an American agenda. On the contrary, these countries supported Assad at the beginning of the revolution in order to persuade him to absorb the demonstrations, and satisfy his citizens, but he chose the security solution instead of their advice, and the rest is history.


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