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February 28, 2005

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Steve

Careful! Assad has kept the lid on Islamic fundamentalism, using brutal repression of course. The result of ths is a secular dictatorship which ensures that Christians and Muslims can rub along reasonably well in cities like Damascus, Hama and Aleppo. Even so there is a palpable tenson between the communities, particularly in Hama where 300 fundamentalists were executed by Assad's father.

I hate dictatorships but if Baathism falls in Syria, I fear an outbreak of Lebanon style inter-communal violence in which the Christians would come off worst.

mairin

You know, it's interesting that despite all the political unrest in Lebanon, the economy is doing better than OK. For that to continue, of course, reform must continue...we shall see what happens after the May elections.

David Vance

Steve,

The last time I heard your argument it was being used to keep Saddam in power. Boy Bashar has to fall.

Steve

I'm glad Saddam went but we still don't know whether the regime that will ultimately replace him will be better. There are encouraging signs but also signs of possible civil war when the coalition eventually leaves.

If we (the West) are going to intervene to overthrow Assad, we need to make a better job of the reconstruction than we have in Iraq. That would mean keeping some army and Baath party officials in post, distasteful as it amy seem.

David Vance

Steve,

There is no doubt that "nation building" is a very tough call. But Assad is a supercreep and his poxy Ba'athist regime must go. As to what replaces it, that has to be a matter for the Syrian people, but they must be given support and time - this is where the West can help. I still think that IRAN is the centre of the terror nexus and that until we deal with the Mad Mullahs, boy Bashar is just a sideshow. The problem is that the Euroweenie brigade are still in love with the notion that you can persuade the tyrants in Tehran to be "resonable". Nonsense. We need to help support those many Iranians who yearn for a democratic revolution - and we need to ensure that there are no Nukes in Iran.

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