Kucinich: Tyranny Propagandist

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The response to the speech, however, sparked widespread demonstrations in 19 Syrian cities, including in Damascus, with crowds chanting “liar.” Of course, it’s certainly understandable that Syrians remain skeptical of Assad’s motives.

Since the Syrian uprising began in March, an estimated 1,600 civilians have been killed and 10,000 arrested. Moreover, many of those killed came at the hands of Syrian security forces opening fire on funeral processions being held for slain anti-government protesters.

Moreover, Assad has shown no inclination to ease up on the bloodbath. Only yesterday, Syrian tanks and helicopters assaulted the village of Rameh, killing seven people and wounding scores. The result has been a mass exodus of Syrians fleeing the country. It is estimated that over 12,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey, apparently unaware of the reforms being enacted on their behalf by Assad.

However, Assad still commands loyalty among his mainly Alawite forces led by his brother Maher, including the Republican Guard and the 4th Armored Division. Each of these units contains nearly 10,000 highly trained soldiers equipped with large numbers of heavily armored tanks. In comparison, the rest of Syria’s 200,000 troops are mostly poorly trained and poorly equipped conscripts.

Still, while it’s easy to be hard on Kucinich for his romantic view of Assad and his regime, he certainly hasn’t been alone in that stance. The Obama administration, despite its recent stance, has long been an advocate for Assad’s role as a strategic ally in the Mideast region.

In fact, it was only in March that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had also referred to Assad as a “reformer,” even as his regime was already in the midst of its brutal crackdown on Syrian demonstrators. As such, she insisted the United States, unlike in Libya, would not intervene militarily to stop the Syrian regime’s murderous repression of its own people.

To his credit, at least, Kucinich is nothing if not consistent in his support for some unsavory figures, including Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. To that end, he recently issued his own 10-point plan calling for the saving of the Gaddafi regime with calls for an immediate ceasefire followed by political reforms to be ushered in by the Libyan despot.

In the end, however, despite Kucinich’s support, the future path of Bashar Assad and his regime remain in doubt. For Kucinich, his path may be much clearer. As his Ohio congressional seat is being redistricted out of existence, there has been speculation that he is exploring options to run in some out-of-state ultra-liberal congressional district.

However, if that proves to not be a viable option, he can always find work in the Syrian government. After all, Bashar Assad appears to be in the market for an experienced political reformer.

Frank Crimi is a writer living in San Diego, California. You can read more of Frank’s work at his blog, www.politicallyunbalanced.com.

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  • yahoo

    He is right.

    The zionism must have an END

    • jacob


  • Lfox328

    In all fairness, the Cleveland area has MANY citizens of Syrian descent – many of them in his district. So, the trip may have been appropriate.
    Were his words twisted? Possibly. He is known for his use of circuitous language when talking about global issues. He attempts to "find common ground", which means that he is trying to use words that might be interpreted by the hearer as agreeing with him.
    Which doesn't mean that he isn't wrong to have done so. He ain't a diplomat, and shouldn't try to act as one. Congressional Reps have no business meddling in diplomacy.

  • Morty62

    I like Dennis and I won't believe his attempt there was anything less than well-intentioned. Syria and Libya are problematic. Should we have gone into Libya at all? Gaddafi was cooperating with us and had been for some time. Assad also cooperated with the Bush administration by providing intelligence and by accepting "renditions." You can't have it both ways. Do we kick out Gaddafi and Assad? Who knows what kind of regime will take their place? If Egypt is any indication it would not be Jeffersonian in nature.

  • Anamah

    My dear Jacob, I think Zionism is love and care… both things Yahoo probably do not understand… Many people can not really how is made honor, loyalty, decency maybe to see and comprehend Rep. Kusinich need to be inside this brutal and corrupt regime believing nobody were going to know what is he doing there… Shame on him…

  • Ghostwriter

    When they heard that Rep. Kusinich called Assad a reformer,I can bet many Syrians were rolling their eyes in disbelief.

  • coyote3

    Something is definately wrong with the order of things. When I find myself agreeing with Kucinich on Libya and Syria, something is definately wrong.

  • http://www.CompellingConversations.com Eric Roth

    Disappointing on multiple levels. Kucinich, an articulate critic of Obama's undeclared and illegal war in Libya, has made a profound, rather stupid mistake of visiting and supporting a brutal, corrupt, and terrible dictator. He should have stayed home. His pacifist instincts, as has so often happened in history, have led him into an unholy alliance with an odious, evil regime.
    This is a predictable, sad, and tragic story of innocent abroad helping a terribly tyrant.