Arab League's Indecision Fueling Assad's Belligerence

(The National-Abu Dhabi) Michael Young - When lost, continue walking around in circles. That is the motto of the Arab League in dealing with the crisis in Syria. The Syrian army has not withdrawn from cities, with some 400 people estimated to have been killed since Arab League monitors arrived last month. The two traditional Arab powerhouses, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, remain deeply ambiguous on Syria. Other Arab states have also shown no enthusiasm for aggressively applying Arab decisions. Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Jordan and Lebanon have either been openly sympathetic to Assad or have gone with the flow. There is no Arab momentum to side with the Syrian population against their leaders. The writer is opinion editor of the Daily Star in Beirut.

2012-01-13 00:00:00

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