Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Rabbit Embracing His Hero and Role Model.
Bashar al-Assad's decision to ditch Syria's notorious emergency law is his biggest concession to protesters so far
Ian Black, Middle East editor
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 19 April 2011
".......Signs are that the regime is concerned by the widening spread and intensity of the protests but confused as it makes alternating promises of change followed by brutality by the security forces.
It was alarming to hear the claim by the government that it is facing an "armed insurrection" in Homs and Baniyas.
But the charge that the rebels are Salafists – fundamentalist Sunnis often equated with al-Qaida – who are bent on fomenting sectarian strife is even more worrying.
The regime can still get out the crowds to chant pro-Assad slogans. But it is not a sign of confidence that the catchiest of them – "Allah, Syria, Bashar, that's all!" – is borrowed from Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi is hardly an inspiring model."