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Syria: Intervention won’t help to defeat al-Assad

by Siân Ruddick

The Syrian state has killed more than 2,000 people over the past five months.

Ongoing protests against the brutal regime of president Bashar al-Assad were inspired by the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

The regime has stepped up repression in recent weeks, shelling demonstrations and using army tanks to lock down cities.

Government troops regularly attack the funerals of those murdered by the state.

Funerals are increasingly defiant—with hundreds of people carrying coffins through the streets, chanting against the regime.

Three people were shot dead at a funeral in the city of Deraa last week.

In Syria today, the actions of ordinary people are revolutionary.

But the “support” offered from the US, Saudi Arabia and others should be rejected.

The US would like to control and contain the movement in Syria—as it has done in Libya.

Western intervention has been a disaster for the Libyan movement.

Far from leading it to victory it has crushed any hope of a successful revolution against brutal dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

There are no calls from the Syrian movement for Western intervention.

Hypocritical leaders from across the Middle East have criticised the crackdown in Syria.

None is more surprising than King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who has withdrawn Saudi representatives from Syria—along with Kuwait and Bahrain.

These regimes are brutal and oppressive.

As we’ve seen in Bahrain, they are more than happy to crush resistance.

These regimes have much in common with Syria.

All are desperate to hold on to power—and will do anything to maintain their grip.


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International
Tue 9 Aug 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2264
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