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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    I wondering if all this protesting popping up all over the ME is a cascade or organized.
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I wondering if all this protesting popping up all over the ME is a cascade or organized.
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    An update that further illustrates the brutality of the Assad regime. From Reuters:

    Security forces opened fire on hundreds of youths at the northern entrance to Deraa Wednesday afternoon, according to witnesses, in a dramatic escalation of nearly a week of protests in which at least 44 civilians have been killed since Friday...

    Assad, a close ally of Iran, key player in neighboring Lebanon and supporter of militant groups opposed to Israel, has dismissed rising demands for reform in Syria, a country of 20 million people run by the Baath Party since a 1963 coup.
    At least 37 Syrian protesters killed, hospital says | Reuters

    Finally, taking a leaf from the Gadhafi playbook, the Assad dictatorship asserted that the protests are the result of "outside parties" and violence is due to "armed gangs." Putting aside the regime's disinformation, its actions illustrate its brutal nature. In the end, I do not believe Assad is going anywhere. He will, if necessary, use such force as is required to crush those who offer dissent.

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    An update that further illustrates the brutality of the Assad regime. From Reuters:



    At least 37 Syrian protesters killed, hospital says | Reuters

    Finally, taking a leaf from the Gadhafi playbook, the Assad dictatorship asserted that the protests are the result of "outside parties" and violence is due to "armed gangs." Putting aside the regime's disinformation, its actions illustrate its brutal nature. In the end, I do not believe Assad is going anywhere. He will, if necessary, use such force as is required to crush those who offer dissent.
    So far his actions don't exceed those of any other Arab leader: Beat up some protesters, kill a few, and eventually pussy out. He may be brutal (as is just about every other leader in the Middle East) but I've seen no indication that he's a Gaddafi. His brutality is often exaggerated due to his anti-US foreign policy, just as the brutality of people like Mubarak was often downplayed due to their pro-US policies.
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    So far his actions don't exceed those of any other Arab leader...
    I strongly suspect that is the case only because the dictatorship has not had to resort to greater violence. I very much hope that things won't evolve so as to put my concerns about the regime to the "test."

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    BBC News - Syria unrest: Government pledges political reforms

    This script looks familiar. Half-hearted attempts at repression, followed by half-hearted attempts at appeasement, and then repeat the cycle. This is the formula that brought down the governments of Tunisia and Egypt, and (in the near future) Yemen as well.
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Update on Syria.

    From NPR:

    Anti-government protests in Syria continue to spread and the death toll continues to rise. Human rights groups estimate that at least 200 people have been killed since protests began last month. Among them, four protesters killed yesterday in the Mediterranean port City of Banias and 37 killed in protests after last Friday's prayers.

    Separately, Bloomberg.com reported:

    Syrian authorities vowed to crush what they called a conspiracy against the regime as Human Rights Watch said at least 130 people have been killed in a crackdown against protests, and urged authorities to stop using force.

    This latest information highlights the brutal nature of the Assad regime. It also provides additional examples that Bashar Assad and his regime will use such force as is necessary to retain power.

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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Looks like Bashir Assad may be the next autocrat on the chopping block. Yes, he's brutal, and yes, he'll try to crush the protests just like every other Arab leader. But I don't think he's a Gaddafi. He doesn't have it in him to kill thousands upon thousands of people, and doesn't enjoy nearly as much popular support as his father did.
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    Re: Syria unrest: Thousands march in Deraa

    Another update on Syria.

    Today, according to Amnesty International, the Assad dictatorship has killed at least 75 protesters. Amnesty International noted on its website:

    At least 75 people have been killed today in Syria during mass protests, local human rights activists told Amnesty International, as the government launched its deadliest crackdown yet on demonstrators calling for political reform.

    Security forces fired live ammunition at demonstrators who had gathered across the country following Friday prayers.
    Scores killed in Syria as 'Great Friday' protests are attacked | Amnesty International

    As previously noted, the Assad dictatorship is a brutal one. Such ruthless acts are par for the course given its nature.

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