As Assad has had all his chemical weapons stripped from him, he has been looking for new ways to destroy the enemy and their morale. As recent reports have been flooding in, it appears that Assad’s newest weapon, of both physical and psychological destruction, is called a “barrel bomb.”
Residents of Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, have been telling reporters that Assad’s Syrian armed forces have not been using precisions missiles, but “barely bombs” that they literally push off of a helicopter. This is all part of Assad’s continual battle against the Syrian resistance—which included when the President used chemical weapons on his own people almost prompting a war with America (if it weren’t for Putin).
These bombs, although may be far less developed than your typical missile, are no less destructive. Time describes the “barrel bombs” as:
“an improvised bomb made of explosives stuffed into an oil barrel or similar receptacle and pushed out of a helicopter, the weapon’s seemingly Loony-Tunes origins conceals one of the most devastating and indiscriminate weapons in Assad’s arsenal. Packed with shrapnel and extra incendiaries like oil, and usually triggered on impact, the large payload all but guarantees widespread destruction.”
MSNBC recently reported:
Assad has found his new way to hurt the enemy and completely obliterate morale in the area. Effectively using collateral damage to his advantage, he hopes that locals will put an end to the resistance as Assad is killing innocents too.
An Arab Affairs analyst, Ehud Ya’ari, stated that, “Assad and the generals under him have concluded that explosive barrels are a more effective weapon than accurate missiles as part of the effort to break the spirit of the resistance and the resilience of the population.”
The destructive “barrel bombs” were reported to have first been used in Homs in August 2012 by Time. Adding that the barrels have caused the death of countless residents of Assad’s own country, BBC explains that the “barrel bombs” have killed 517 people in just the last two weeks of 2013.
As Assad is proving to be more of a child dictator than a presidential leader, American’s are once again becoming concerned. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland explained to the public:
“I would also say that we’re seeing use of another egregious weapon, this kind of barrel bomb, which is an incendiary bomb that contains flammable materials. It’s sort of a napalm-like thing, and it’s completely indiscriminate in terms of civilians, so very, very concerning and indicative of the regime’s desperation and the regime’s brutality.”
How much death and destruction must come for one man to remain in power under a so-called democracy before he steps down? As Assad has indicated that he has no intention of this, it seems that when the President no longer cares for the innocent life of his own people, that it becomes a dictatorship—an all out, no-matter-the-cost, struggle for power. What do you guys think about this? Let us know in a comment below!