Assad-regimet har brukt sult, mishandling, tortur på en systematisk måte og massiv skala. Den rettsmedisinske fotografen med dekknavnet Caesar presenterte i 2014 hele 28.000 fotografier av ofre for Assads tortur. Det er en katalog over grusomheter som fortjener å hentes frem nå som gjengjeldelsens time kan ha slått.
Det sterkeste intervjuet i filmen er med onkelen som mistet sin 15 år gamle nevø. Et regime som torturerer og dreper en tenåring for en sang mot Assad, er i stand til mye.
Det var slik opprøret mot Assad begynte. Da gutter skrev slagord på husveggene i Deraa, svarte sikkerhetspolitiet med å fakke dem og torturere dem. Ikke bare det. Foreldrene til barna måtte stå frem på TV og ta avstand fra demonstrasjonene for ikke å lide samme skjebne selv.
Militærsykehusene ble brukt som oppsamlingssted for døde og døende. At Assad bomber sykehus er derfor innenfor samme logikk.
As the uprising outside morphed into a war, former prisoners say, their interrogators became obsessed with the notion of accomplices, torturing prisoners to extract the names of new suspects to arrest.
Documents signed by senior government and security officials acknowledged the upsurge in deaths, at times complaining that the bodies were building up.
“It’s impossible to interrogate, torture and kill tens of thousands of detainees without a system in place,” said Scott Gilmore, a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability. “Before the revolution, the regime was not generating thousands of dead bodies. Then all of a sudden it was. So what did you do with them?”
En politistat som står overfor et folkelig opprør vil reagere med panikk, paranoia og vold.
A trove of these photographs was published around the world in 2014, after being smuggled out of Syria by a military police defector known only by his code-name, Caesar. Most were taken inside Hospital 601. Skeletal bodies of children as young as 11 bore signs of torture, with eyes gouged out and limbs drilled through and burned. Following Syrian government protocol, Caesar had methodically documented the deaths of some 11,000 people.
Går man tettere på får man vite at helse og medisin er brukt som represjonsmiddel helt fra starten av opprøret:
Medicine has been used as a weapon of war since the earliest days of the uprising, when pro-government doctors performed amputations on protesters for minor injuries.
At least five branches of the Syrian security forces have operated wards inside Hospital 601 since 2011, according to the U.N. Commission of Inquiry, a body set up to monitor the conflict. “Detainees, including children, have been beaten, burned with cigarettes, and subjected to torture that exploits preexisting injuries,” it said in a 2013 report. The commission concluded that many patients had been tortured to death inside the facility.
Et annet tegn på undertrykkelse er at man torturerer opposisjonelle lenge nok til at de «snur» og går inn og blir hjelpere:
In 601, Masri and Mustafa said, they saw high-ranking officers from the security branches accompanying doctors on their rounds. Sometimes the teams would pause by a prisoner to discuss his treatment. Other times the men would beat him.
The doctors were helped by service staffers in blue uniforms, many of them former supporters of the revolt who had been co-
opted by their jailers. “Our best men had been broken by torture. If they didn’t beat us, they risked a worse fate themselves,” Masri said.
Assad-regimet har fortjent å falle. Med Trump ved roret blir det ikke IS som overtar Syria.