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Will Syria's Assad be toppled next?

Issue No. 2266

Events in Libya will have ramifications for the movement in Syria.

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has made several defiant speeches in the past few weeks, denying that the movement is having any impact.

But in reality the regime is terrified. Assad ordered troops and thugs to shoot at and attack demonstrations and funerals, and yet still people flood the streets to demand justice.

Government troops have shelled demonstrations and told snipers to pick people off as they are walking down the street.

But the Syrian people are determined to fight and win. They are not currently calling for the “humanitarian intervention” of the West.

There is hope that Syria will bring together the best hopes and lessons of the Arab Spring—that they can topple tyrants, and they can do it themselves.

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