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Arab League Turns on Assad

by Elliott Abrams
November 28, 2011

The Arab League statement this past weekend marks a significant break with the Assad regime in Syria.

I wrote a short piece about this in National Review magazine, concluding this way: “There were elections in Tunisia in October, and Egyptians start voting later this week. From the experiences of the dictators in those countries Assad has learned nothing. But his Arab neighbors appear to have learned something after all: When the day comes that you can stay in power only by shooting at the crowds, it’s too late.”

The full text can be found here at the NR web site.

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  • Posted by Dean Smallwood

    Whether Assad leaves now or in coming weeks , the fact is , he’s on his way out . I give Elliott Abrams a lot of credit for having hammered on this issue from the very beginning .

    What isn’t clear though is the final picture of the Arab nations which have gone through so much upheaval this year . The current political chaos could turn the “Arab Spring” into an “Arab Disaster” which doesn’t bode well for Israel .

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