Was Assad’s Only Sin Before All of This, Insulting the Saudi Demi-God?

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia welcomes the Gulf Arab leaders in Riyadh, May 14, 2012. source

What’s Saudi beef with Assad?

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Would someone please remind me why just about everyone wants to oust Bashar Assad. He must have done something horrible since the whole world is in such frenzy to oust him. But what?

In the interview with Prince Turki al-Faisal he was asked what was the Saudi kingdom’s strategic aim in supporting the rebels. His reply: “The immediate downfall of Bashar Assad regime.” Not exactly an illuminating answer.

Why do the Saudis want the immediate downfall of Bashar Assad? Surely it has nothing to do with human rights and freedoms, because I can’t see why the Saudis would be concerned about such trivialities. After all, we just recently learned that at last the women in his country are allowed to ride bicycles. (Well, as long as a male is supervising them, and they ride around in a circle with no destination in mind.)

In response to another question, the prince replied, “The Syrian people are determined to achieve what they aspired to when they began their protest.” My question is, “What exactly were they aspiring to when they began their protest?”

After two years of this terrible conflict, with hundreds of thousands of Syrian citizens dead or facing horrible conditions in refugee camps, I have totally forgotten (if I ever really understood) what the rebels were/are trying to achieve. Does anyone know?

I remember something about a young man setting himself on fire. So what, exactly, is it about Assad that the Saudis don’t approve of? What is it about him that Canada doesn’t approve of? Anyone?

Kaarina Brooks, Alliston

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