Syrian government cracks down on pro-democracy protesters

EU agrees to impose sanctions on Syrian officials


Another ‘day of defiance’ in Syria has brought thousands of protesters into the country’s streets for anti-governments demonstrations. According to a human rights group, at least 16 protesters have been killed in the ensuing crackdown by Syrian authorities. A report by Al Jazeera claims the “sound of continuous gunfire was audible over the phone, as well as people shouting ‘There are snipers on the rooftops’.” The EU agreed Friday to impose sanctions on 14 of the officials involved in the crackdown and the UN has announced Syria is prepared to let the organization into the country to investigate the humanitarian situation there. Human rights groups claim the Assad government has killed at least 560 civilians in its crackdown on the pro-democracy protests that have been taking place for seven weeks.

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Syrian government cracks down on pro-democracy protesters

  1. So far, the United States and the rest of NATO has followed the lead of Syria's neighbours– Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq– which has been to do nothing.

    Other than the fact that Syria has been the most bellicose of Israel's neighbours (besides Hamas in the Gaza Strip), not much is really at stake here. Unlike Libya, Syria has little or no oil, whereas the Europeans practically want to put the "sweet" Libyan crude in their coffee.

    In fact, you could say that Israel has reason to welcome the instability in Damascus. As long as the Syrian military is busy putting down insurrection in Syria, it will have little appetite for adventurism in Lebanon.

    That has to be good news for Israel. If Syria successfully incorporated Lebanon as part of a "Greater Syria," Bashar al-Assad would be able to wage a two-front war against Israel. So far, no Arab nation has been able to do that.

    The chaos in Syria has been good for Israel, if not all of Syria's neighbours. Therefore, all of Syria's neighbours have done nothing.

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