Suspending Syria

Just what do you have to do to get kicked out of the Arab League, or just get a menacing phone call from the commissioner’s office?


Syrian President Bashar Assad has been spilling the blood of his countrymen since March (and way before that, truth be told) in an effort to quell a mostly peaceful rebellion against his iron-fisted, despotic rule. Yet, the Arab spring turned to bloody fall, and it took until Nov. 11 for the 22-nation Arab League to even suspend Syria – and two other nations, Yemen and Lebanon, voted against the suspension.

Apparently, 3,500 dead isn’t enough for Yemen and Lebanon – or enough for the rest of the Arab world to seek a divorce from Syria once and for all.

That tells you pretty much what you need to know about the state of leadership in the Arab world.

Jordan’s King Abdullah at least had the gumption to break ranks and politely call for Assad to step down – but that’s tantamount to telling a killer to find another line of work. Is that really enough?

The Arab League this week raced like snails toward sanctions, perhaps months too late to prevent an all-out civil war: Military defectors recently turned on the Syrian army in a stunning and emboldening attack, signalling that the people there have yet to begin to fight.

Until now, they’ve been sold out by other Arab nations whose leaders defend each other’s tyranny to the end. They turn such blind eyes, it’s a wonder they can see at all.



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