The Global Human: Social Comments

It is too late for Assad

Posted in Articles, In the News, Social Comments by Solveig Hansen on 2011/07/03

By Alon Ben-Meir – June 27, 2011

One month after the uprisings began in Syria, I wrote that President Basher al-Assad had a choice: “Continue to convey an image of an inept dictator … or display bold leadership and vision in order to use the opportunity of the unrest to institute basic reforms…” In his May 19th remarks on the Middle East, President Obama posited a similar choice for the Syria regime, stating: “President Assad now has a choice: He can lead [a transition to democracy], or get out of the way.” In a speech to his nation last Monday, President Assad once again missed the opportunity to face reality and address the real grievances of his people. Although he acknowledged that there are some peaceful protesters with legitimate concerns, he once again blamed much of the unrest and violence on “vandals and outlaws and radical blasphemous intellectuals.”

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