Assad Mulling Over Asylum

Potentially big news though one can never be sure of the veracity of such things:

The embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is considering the possibility to claim political asylum for himself, his family and his close circle in Latin America if he has to cede power, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

“Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister held meetings in Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador over the past week, and brought with him classified personal letters from Assad to local leaders,” the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported.

Some Western and Arab countries have previously offered embattled Syrian President Assad to seek asylum and protection for his family if he leaves power.

But the window of opportunity seems to be closing for him. On Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hinted that he would not favor an asylum deal for Assad as a way to end the country’s civil war.

Ban was asked Wednesday about the potential for such a deal. He refrained to comment directly on the matter but told The Associated Press that the United Nations doesn’t allow anyone “impunity.”

Ban says that “whoever commits (a) gross violation of human rights must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. This is a fundamental principle.”

al-Arabiya

Assad leaving could end the civil war but in the long run it could really result in throwing together a new government that will be riddled with all the problems of trying to bring together a coalition that is comprised of people wanting liberal society and a lot of other people wanting Islamist theocracy.

Knowing how things are going in Egypt as it is right now, what makes us think that there would be good results?

We can always look forward and hope for the best but this might just be a case where Westerner’s hopes will outstrip the reality.

… whether or not Assad decides to go into asylum can have a big effect but whether or not it will actually mean the transition to democracy will be better or worse, who knows.

It might just leave the opposition with enough steam to start killing one another.