The Assad Files

Capturing the top-secret documents that tie the Syrian regime to mass torture and killings.

The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebel checkpoints, where the soldiers had come to think of him as a local, a lawyer whose wartime misfortunes included a commute on their section of the road. Sometimes he brought them snacks or water, and he made sure to thank them for protecting civilians like himself. Now, on a summer afternoon, he loaded the truck with more than a hundred thousand captured Syrian government documents, which had been buried in pits and hidden in caves and abandoned homes.

  • canminuteman

    I used to think that stories like this indicated that these old time Arab dictators were violent thugs who were the bad guys who needed to be overthrown. I have come to the realization that they were very probably the best of a bad lot who were only trying to keep violent retards under control in the only manner possible.

  • marty_p

    Not to worry, no UN initiated war crimes prosecution will take place – not as long as the UN has bigger priorities to worry about – like a Jew building an addition onto his home in East Jerusalem.

  • simus1

    Violent torture and killings in the mid east have been the mo of rulers there since long before islam showed up. Political disagreements among tribes was always blood sport. The bizarre structures where slaves were supposedly in charge of governing or fielding armies were set up expressly to do end runs around various strictures found in the koran. There are even excusals to forego jihad if the outcome was to bring down certain defeat, horrific reprisals and slaughter.