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Syrian Cabinet Resigns, Assad Stays Put

From a conflicted Associated Press:

Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest

By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
March 29, 2011

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria’s Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago and is now threatening President Bashar Assad’s 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian and closed-off nations in the Middle East.

What? How can you have an "authoritarian and closed-off" nation under a man who Hillary Clinton considers to be a reformer?

Assad, whose family has controlled Syria for four decades, is trying to calm the growing dissent with a string of concessions. He is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to lift emergency laws in place since 1963 and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.

Things we have been promised numerous times over the past few days, and which have yet to materialize.

More than 60 people have died since March 18 as security forces cracked down on protesters, Human Rights Watch said.

Note that these people just "died." Who knows why? Certainly Mr. Assad’s forces did not "massacre" them. Or we would be ‘going Libya’ on them.

State TV said Tuesday Assad accepted the resignation of the 32-member Cabinet headed by Naji al-Otari, who has been in place since September 23. The Cabinet will continue running the country’s affairs until the formation of a new government.

The resignations will not affect Assad, who holds the lion’s share of power in the authoritarian regime.

Naturally.

The announcement came hours after hundreds of thousands of supporters of Syria’s hard-line regime poured into the streets Tuesday as the government tried to show it has mass support…

Demonstrations that didn’t seem to fool anyone, except perhaps our news media, who want to be duped. Being fans of any and all anti-US regimes.

Protests that began March 18 and ensuing violence has brought sectarian tensions in Syria out in the open for the first time in decades, a taboo topic here because the country has a Sunni majority ruled by minority Alawites, a branch of Shiite Islam. Assad has placed his fellow Alawites into most positions of power in Syria.

But [Assad] also has used increased economic freedom and prosperity to win the allegiance of the prosperous Sunni Muslim merchant classes, while punishing dissenters with arrest, imprisonment and physical abuse.

So this is a sectarian struggle, after all. Unlike Egypt or Libya, where we were told sectarianism played little or no part. Which, it now turns out, was not quite true. Welcome to the ever growing Middle Eastern Caliphate.

Many of the pro-regime demonstrators emphasized national unity Tuesday…

The government-sanctioned rallies Tuesday dubbed "loyalty to the nation march" brought hundreds of thousands into the streets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Hasakeh in the north and the central cities of Hama and Homs. School children were given the day off and bank employees and other workers were given two hours off to attend the demonstrations

Gee, this demonstration sounds exactly like what we saw in Wisconsin.

And, in point of fact, the demonstrators have many of the same motives. They want to hold onto their undeserved privileged positions, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Syrian Cabinet Resigns, Assad Stays Put”

  1. proreason says:

    Don’t worry about a thing.

    Between his bracket picks, the smartest man who ever lived designed an entirely new future for Syria which will improve our already close bond with those noble allies. We’ll see it come to fruition in the next months or years, provided bushhitler didn’t soil the water so disastrously that even a genius like Obamy can’t fix it.

    And yeh, the bracket picks went a little awry, but don’t worry about that either. It’s simply a glorious testament to the humanity of our dear leader. On insignificant matters, even he can make a mistake. But we should be happy, not worried, because his (rare) infinitesmal mistakes mean that on the really big things…infallibility. Except of course, when bushhitler has screwed things up so badly that even a genius like Obamy can’t fix them.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Super. Assad stays put. Works for me because there’s this part of the Bible where it states that Damascus was there in the evening and not there come morning. I suggest Assad stay right where he is.


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