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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

He'll fight to the end

Ben Hartman has several assessments of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Monday speech. All of the assessments agree that Bashar is not going to do anything different and that nothing he said on Monday will offer his people any hope. But this, perhaps, is the most chilling assessment.
For Yoni Ben-Menahem, Israel Radio director and chief editor, Assad’s speech showed that the situation for his regime could not be clearer.

“He’s trying to contain the situation, but it’s helpless,” Ben-Menahem said. “No one [in Syria] believes him anymore.

He’s slaughtering his people, more than 10,000 refugees – and the massacres are continuing.”

When asked what Assad’s remaining options are – assuming that promises of reforms won’t placate demonstrators – he said: “his option is to fight to the end. He cannot leave – if he steps down the Alawites will be slaughtered. Like [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi, he will continue to the end.”
One had to wonder why the Obama administration can't or won't see that. After all, the Jews play no specific role in this uprising.

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At 5:57 PM, Blogger Neshama said...

May the end be very near.

At 4:26 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Baby Assad has no choice. He can either crush his opponents or be massacred along with his fellow Alawites.

As long as he has his sect behind him, he should hold on to power.


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