This week’s terrible massacre using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians, almost certainly perpetrated by Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, was bound to raise emotions, and understandably so. But some of what is coming out of the Arab media about who bears responsibility (or at least a significant share of it) would beggar belief if we didn’t already understand the Arab world’s victim mentality.
Across much of the Arab world, but especially in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Assad is indeed being blamed for the attack, but a heavy burden of responsibility is being placed on America and the wider West for failing to prevent it.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) also highlights an editorial in the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper which said:
“This horrifying massacre, which resulted in the death of more than 1,000 people, half of them women and children, who were killed in their sleep – was [actually] committed by the international community via the hands of the Bashar Al-Assad regime. …