Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?
As a part of a larger project interviewing Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, I carried out the following interview with an army colonel who defected to the Free Syrian Army fighting President Bashar al-Assad. I spoke with him on August 11, 2013, ten days before the chemical weapons attack.
Strong and unified pressure from world's spiritual leaders may deter a brutal regime from unleashing tyranny on its people. Could the spiritual leaders of the world caution their followers in unequivocal and forceful terms that God does not look kindly on such violations of human rights?