The United Nations estimates that as many as 7,500 Syrians have been massacred so far by the barbarous al-Assad regime. Actually, the UN estimated that last week. With about 100 men, women and children being murdered every day, according to the Under-Secretary-General for political affairs, the number would be well over 8,000 by now.
Western countries have been organizing to starve Bashar al-Assad of the resources and the funds he needs to power his butchery: Europe finally stopped importing Syrian oil, the UN has imposed hard-hitting sanctions, and most ethical countries, including Canada, have closed their embassies in Syria. Even the Arab League has suspended Syria’s membership as it condemned the dictatorship’s brutality.
What keeps al-Assad’s liquidation project running, then? Step forward Hugo Chavez. Venezuela is preparing to send a third shipment of diesel fuel this week to Syria to power the tanks shelling Syrian cities and the transports ferrying troops into the cities where they mow down innocent civilians. “The decision of the government is to give all our support to Syria,” said Venezuelan congressman Adel El Zabayar.
Venezuela is one of the United States’ biggest oil suppliers. Every day Americans fill up at CITGO stations owned by Chavez’s government. Syria may be under tight sanctions, but every drop of Venezuelan oil that Americans buy, is more money that ends up helping Venezuela to help support Syria’s massacre of its own people. Conflict oil is fuelling more conflict.