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Ridding Syria of a Despot

March 26, 2011

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After a week of travel in the Middle East, I have returned to Washington and will be writing about what I saw and what is transpiring in the region.

The first article is "Ridding Syria of a Despot" in the March 26tedition of the Washington Post.

In this op-ed, I urge that we do all we can to help Syrians bring down the bloody Assad regime. Like the Gaddafi regime in Libya, the Assad regime has a special history with the United States. In the Gaddafi case, it is the terrorism that killed hundreds of Americans on Pan Am 103 and in the La Belle discotheque. In the Assad case, it is the regime’s enthusiastic assistance to jihadis from all over the world who wanted to reach Iraq to kill Americans. From Morocco or Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Libya, they converged on Damascus International Airport, from which they were carefully shepherded into Iraq to join the fight. We owe it to Syrians fighting for freedom, but far more we owe it to the many Americans and many more Iraqis killed with the help of the  Assad regime, to help bring an end to this vicious clan.

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