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Népszabadság - Hungary | Friday, August 26, 2011

West's hands are tied in Syria

While the dictatorship in Libya is on the verge of collapse, Bashar al-Assad is still taking brutal action against demonstrators in Syria. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság explains why the West can't intervene in Syria: "Syria lies at the heart of the Arab world. ... It plays a key role in the Middle East conflict. ... The country's stability is therefore also in the interest of its neighbours. ... The military forces in Syria act differently to the armies in Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. There is no sign of them turning their backs on Assad or identifying with the regime's opposition. If the reports can be believed, Syrian society still supports Assad. ... So the West can't do anything for now but discuss whether to impose sanctions and if so which. Should it back the opposition in some symbolic way? There's one thing the West doesn't want for sure: more bloodshed and a regional war with unforeseeable consequences."

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