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Arab League Turns on Assad

November 28, 2011

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The Arab League statement this past weekend marks a significant break with the Assad regime in Syria.

I wrote a short piece about this in National Review magazine, concluding this way: "There were elections in Tunisia in October, and Egyptians start voting later this week. From the experiences of the dictators in those countries Assad has learned nothing. But his Arab neighbors appear to have learned something after all: When the day comes that you can stay in power only by shooting at the crowds, it’s too late."

The full text can be found here at the NR web site.