Manaf Tlass Defects | As‘ad AbuKhalil
But none of the Western media or Syrian opposition media will raise serious questions about this man. He was a senior commander in the Republican Guards and has blood on his hands.
Is the search for high-ranking defectors so desperate that criminals and oppressors are welcomed to join the cause?
The recent Cairo document by the exile Syrian opposition made a distinction between members of the military with blood on their hands and members of the military who have no blood on their hands.
And how could Manaf be immune from the very war crimes accusations leveled at the regime by Western human rights organizations and by the Syrian exile opposition?
Will Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch request that he be arrested and charged with war crimes, in his capacity as a commander of a criminal and repressive arm of the regime?
Or will his crimes be forgotten (just as the crimes of Husain Kamil were forgotten once he defected to Jordan) because he may prove to be useful (idiot?) to Western governments?