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The West's Duty in Syria

10:44 AM, Jan 2, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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In today's Observer, Nick Cohen argues that the West has a duty to intervene in Syria to stop atrocities by Assad's regime:

The Syrian revolution is a motherless child. The "international community", so vigorous in its declarations of support for human rights, does nothing to protect it. Assad's state terrorists have unrestrained freedom to murder, rape and nail-bomb protesters and abuse and castrate children.

To grasp the scale of the barbarism, listen to Hamza Fakher, a pro-democracy activist, who is one of the most reliable sources on the crimes the regime's news blackout hides. "The repression is so severe that detainees are stacked alive and kicking in shipping containers and disposed off in the middle of the sea," he told me. "It is so bad that they've invented a new way of torture in Aleppo where they heat a metal plate and force a detainee to stand on it until he confesses; imagine all the melting flesh reaching the bone before the detainee falls on the plate. It is so bad that all demonstrators have opted for armed resistance. They know it is about survival now, not about freedom any more. This needs to be highlighted: Syrians are fighting for their lives now, not for freedom."

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