October 23, 2005

IF HE CAN LEARN TO LICK THE HAND THAT BEATS HIM HE CAN STAY:

Pressure builds on Syrian regime: Another UN report this week could further push for sanctions. (Nicholas Blanford, 10/24/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

The beleaguered Syrian regime is set to be hit this week with another critical report from the United Nations, days after a UN investigation implicated senior Syrian security officials in the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister.

Together, the two reports are expected to underpin a diplomatic offensive led by the US and France, which could lead to sanctions against Damascus.

"They want this [Syrian] leopard to change so many of its spots that it turns into a lap dog.... It's tantamount to regime change," says Joshua Landis, an American professor of history presently living in Damascus and author of the influential Syria Comment weblog.


Holy Master of the Obvious, Batman!

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2005 7:50 PM
Comments

I read the Landis blog a couple times (http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/L/Joshua.M.Landis-1/syriablog/)

It's not that impressive. He knows the players, which makes him an 'expert' but his sympathy for an regime he admits is repressive to me shows moral and strategic cluelessness.

Posted by: JAB at October 23, 2005 10:03 PM

Just another intellectual, one who is so smart he's a blinkin'idiot.

Posted by: Mikey at October 23, 2005 11:02 PM

If you're more worried about the regime than the people....

Posted by: oj at October 24, 2005 8:57 AM
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