Polarization and Violence Grows in Syria

(BBC News) Jim Muir - After a month and an estimated 200 or more deaths, Syria's unrest is showing no sign of going away. If anything, it is spreading, and getting uglier by the day. What began in March as a minor incident involving schoolchildren daubing graffiti on walls in the southern city of Deraa has led to disturbances and deaths in virtually all parts of the country. The official media portray the troubles as an externally-driven campaign by terrorists. On Wednesday, three men said to have been captured during disturbances appeared on Syrian state TV to "confess" that they had been paid and armed by outsiders to open fire on demonstrators and security forces. As the struggle continues and more blood flows, there is little chance of Western intervention as is happening in Libya.

2011-04-15 00:00:00

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