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March 21, 2011
March 21, 2011
After a weekend of extraordinary protests in Syria, analysts are questioning
whether the demonstrations will grow.
BY YIQIAN ZHANG
ANCHOR AUSTIN KIM
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Over the weekend, several thousand Syrians gathered to demonstrate against the government, and at least five people were killed when the military broke up the protests with gunfire and tear gas. The protests were sparked by the arrest of 15 children for writing revolutionary slogans on walls. (Video: euronews)
Mourners called for “revolution” at the funeral of slain protesters. What will happen now? A writer for the Israeli paper Haaretz says Syrian protests could lead to reforms, but the government could also squash the uprising before it gains steam.
“Contrary to what Assad has boasted, his country is not immune to the cries for change that have already toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. But Syria's leadership, like that of Libya or Yemen, has no intention of relinquishing power. The question is how quickly the security forces will act…"
A journalist from the region writes in Time Magazine- it will be difficult for Syrians to force the government to change, but there’s hope.
“Syria was always going to be a tough nut for pro-democracy activists to crack. It is a country where NGOs and political parties … have long been banned; and where dissent, however mild, is viciously crushed … The barrier of fear Syrians must surmount is significant … but then again … so too are the opportunities.”
An American Thinker blogger suggests the US challenge Syrian leader Bashar al Assad and lead a push for reform.
“…from the standpoint of U.S. strategic interests, Assad's Syria … is arguably a bigger menace than Qaddafi's Libya.”
The Syrian government is using a carrot-and-stick strategy to quell the protests -- following brute force with concessions, such as releasing combination the 15 arrested children and cutting the length of mandatory military service by three months.
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I agree with the writers, "Syria is a a bigger menace than Qaddafi's Libya.” Syria remains Israel's principal and immediate military threat. It's connections with Iran have enabled Syria to supply the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon weapons - weapons pointed at the Israeli border.
For a background on the history of Syria and its connections with terrorism, please see:
Question to : Having gotten a go ahead from the UN Council for military action to halt Qaddafi's brutal attacks on peaceful protesters, will you now seek the same UN remedy to halt the killing of peaceful demonstrators in Syria by Bashar Assad's murderous goons? If not, why not?" ... more
I'll add one last word: Mr. President, do you honestly think that democracy comes merely by telling a dictator to step down?! Or, by picking and choosing which dictators need to be eliminated, while leaving its citizens alone to be raped by another terrorist organization? If so, and it's "golf as ususal" while the world burns, then please turn over your duties to someone who can lead the world and America; our freedoms are too precious to be lost due to one man's inconsistent, unreliable, betrayals towards we Americans and America's allies.
America has good and not so good presidents over the years. However, it is America's Constitution that prevents one man from destroying our nation and that is America's hope, rested on the very foundation of our Constitution of these United States. Perhaps, we have learned a great lesson to choose more wisely, before entering the voting booth.