Tuesday, January 10, 2012


//Business leader says government is in Catch-22 and has about 6 months before collapse, and that sanctions are also destroying the economy. Therefore, when Bashar is gone, the international community is responsible for rebuilding the infrastructure/economy which was collateral damage in this hardball diplomacy. The trick is to help without appearing to influence the eventual choice of the Syrian people, who of course will also be divided.//

Faisal al-Qudsi, the son of a former Syrian president, told the BBC the military action could only last six months and then there would be "millions of people on the streets".
Mr Qudsi now chairs a London-based investment banking firm and has been heavily involved in private sector investment in Syria.
He said the military phase against protesters could only last another six months "because the army is getting tired and will go nowhere".
"They will have to sit and talk or at least they have to stop killing. And the minute they stop killing, more millions of people will be on the streets. So they are in a Catch 22."

//crisis continues. Bashar will not let go.
>query: is outside military invention good? even if Arab?

On Saturday, the ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, said Arab countries should send troops into Syria to end the bloodshed.

"For such a situation to stop the killing... some troops should go to stop the killing," he told US television channel CBS for a programme to be aired on Sunday.

It is the first time an Arab leader has publicly called for military intervention in Syria.

//bbc guide

//really Bashar?
President Assad's speech, broadcast live from Damascus University, was his third televised address since protests against his rule began in March, and lasted nearly two hours.
"Regional and international sides have tried to destabilise the country," he said.
"Our priority now is to regain the security in which we basked in for decades, and this can only be achieved by hitting the terrorists with an iron fist.
"We will not be lenient with those who work with outsiders against the country."

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