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Syria: the Arab League rumbles, Riyadh recalls ambassador

Translated Thursday 11 August 2011, by Malik Nashad Sharpe and reviewed by Bill Scoble

Bashar al-Assad is increasingly isolated and is alienating his neighbors. The Arab League denounces the first repression. Saudi Arabia goes further by recalling its ambassador. Nothing, however, seems to stop the war machine of the regime.

Sunday, Saudi King Abdallah announced the recall of his ambassador to Syria. The recall came without notifying Damascus. Breaking with traditional diplomatic discretion, the King wants to encourage the Syrian regime to “stop the machine of death before it’s too late.” He also felt that the repression is contrary to their religion, human values and morals. Influenced by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain have decided Monday to recall their ambassadors from Damascus as well.

In addition to a challenge to the heavyweight of the Arab world, this is the first time since the beginning of the popular uprisings that started nearly five months ago that the Arab League is dealing with something like this. It joins international condemnation. The Arab League convened in Cairo Sunday, July 7th, 2011, and called on Syrian authorities to end the violence against its civilians. They kept asking, however, if the departure of the Syrian leader was necessary, as required by protesters. Turkey, which was the first of Syria’s neighboring countries to condemn Assad’s repression, is sending officials to Damascus on Tuesday to try to convince the power to stop suppressing popular protests. Ankara says it’s “out of patience".

But protests from neighboring countries are in vain. Syria continues its own illegal tactics to create chaos in order to justify its use of force. Since March 15th, the repression has cost 2,000 people their lives. “Responding to the illegal tactics (of the protesters) that have cut roads, closed cities and terrorized the population, is a requirement for the State in order to preserve security and protect citizens’ lives,” Assad has said. But despite the repression, the protests do not seem to have run out of steam.


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