Leila and the Wolf

Translated by Yasmeen Mobayed

We will not be satisfied with reformist measures and promises of power reform, except by a long-awaited statement from Bashar al-Assad. But for now, we can be fairly sure that the country is moving toward a democratic shore… where have you been all this time, man?

Additionally, news will soon leak of his return to play a political role. Let him play as much as he pleases and we will pledge our puppets and riddles.

I wonder, does he like the maze game?

A maze called the Tadmor Prison massacre, for example, his cells and instruments of torture, and his detainees and their blood… No, he does not like it because that solution is very quick. So he saves it in his heart, with his hands covered in filth and “shame” tattooed across his forehead.

And on the television, his space, which whenever it broadcasts even a word of freedom or democracy, blood flows from its sides, drowning it and its owner. Democracy, if it exists, would have sent him to the court of international law to be punished for crimes against humanity… One would expect that if the political authority in Syria had even an iota of wisdom, it would be quick to deny such reports that threaten the return of one of the symbols of blood to play a role in Syria.

It would be beneficial if the human rights movement encouraged the families of those killed in the Tadmor massacre and other massacres, and of those who have been detained, to file a lawsuit against the fact that these crimes are not subject to the statute of limitations. And though there is no hope for our harrowing situation, such a step may stop the butcher of yesterday and the democrats of today, prompt the thought of return, albeit return to Syrian political life, end the depravity of the Syrian people and the contempt for them in this way, and raise the cover of the Western accomplice. 

It may be useful here to include the definition of “crimes against humanity”, perhaps to make it clear to those aforementioned that it is applicable totally and in detail. 

The definition of crimes against humanity is defined in Article VII of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, which provides that: for the purpose of this Statute, “crime against humanity” means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

  • Murder;
  • Slavery;
  • Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
  • Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
  • Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
  • Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;
  • Enforced disappearance of persons;
  • The crime of apartheid
  • Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

Fortunately, there are hundreds and possibly thousands of people who are still alive, of them who have been eyewitnesses to these crimes committed under the previous course of that period.

Such a matter requires determination and initiative on the part of the Syrian human rights movement, to put the judicial and political authorities in front of their responsibilities and their duty to put the nation before any other considerations whatsoever. Such wounds – which afflicted the various groups, currents, and sects of the Syrian people, if they were not healed with accountability and the response to grievances, would become more and more grievous with time … and open up for the worse.