Liberal interventionists should listen carefully to the speech given today by Bashar al Assad in Damascus.
It amounted to a declaration of war on the so-called Arab revolution. If the counter-revolution is to happen in earnest, he
suggested, it will happen here. His emphasis on enemies of the state, both domestic and foreign, is portentous. To date –
apart from Saudi Arabia’s incursion into Bahrain, which was barely reported upon in Europe and America – not one
of these domestic revolts/revolutions has led to conflict, let alone war, across national borders, the current interventionist
sideshow in Libya notwithstanding. A “Srebrenica on steroids” in Syria could change that. Bashar is said to be
less brutal-minded than his infamous father. But he does not rule Syria alone. Anything can happen. Will Libya’s cadre
of foreign well-wishers have the courage of their convictions in Syria? Or will their “historic” bluff be called
then and there?