Why do we maintain and allow the absurd fiction that deranged evil dictators will play nice and cave to polite requests to stop killing their own or other people, building atomic weapons, or the like? It’s absurd. Yet the UN has now extended Al-Assad’s deadline to stop butchering his own citizens to April 10. And this after even the Arabs have washed their hands of him.
Imagine, if you will, the situation in Syria as a 911 call:
911 OP: What service do you require? Fire Police, or Ambulance?
SYRIA: Police! There’s a pair of armed thugs beating down the door!
911 OP: Are you sure?
SYRIA: Of course I’m sure!
911 OP: Have you done anything to cause this, ma’am?
SYRIA: Erm, I once complained about crime to the local paper. Look, I need help right–
911 OP: And how do you know they’re thugs, ma’am?
SYRIA: Because they have stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns! [crashing, tearing noises in background]
911 OP: Assumptions can be wrong, Ma’am. Let’s keep an open mind see what they do when they come in.
SYRIA: [screams] Oh God! They’re in the house! One of them’s holding his shotgun to my chest!!
911 OP: Yes, ma’am, please calm down. Try asking them to leave.
SYRIA: [Voice off-mike, followed by coarse, mocking laughter] They won’t!! Oh god get me the police!!
911 OP: Please let me speak to them, ma’am.
THUG: [Deep-voiced, after pause] ‘Sup?
911 OP: Yes sir, we’d like to appoint an inspector to visit. Will this afternoon be okay?
[Long pause] Sir?
[Another long pause; background smashing and looting noises, woman whimpering in abject terror] Sir?
THUG: Yeah, no, s’okay. We’ll be leaving later.
911 OP: [Brightly] Thank you sir. At what time will that be?
THUG: Do I gotta tell ya?
911 OP: We do require a commitment, sir.
THUG: [Laughs] Yeah, okay. Say, midnight. [Woman screaming. Shotgun blast. Screaming stops]
911 OP: That’ll be acceptable, sir. Have a nice day, and thank you for using 911.