Question about Syria and Genocide

Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad

Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad

Question of the day:

If we discovered that Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad gave an order in a military dispatch to,

“utterly destroy all that [the rebels] have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel, and donkey,”

would that be considered genocide?

Regardless of whether we label it “genocide”, would we at least agree that it is a horrific act perpetrated by a murderous tyrant intent on destroying anyone who might challenge his rule and/or authority?

I welcome your answers/responses and rationale in the comments section below.

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