Thursday, March 24, 2011

SecDef Gates to the Syrian Army: Empower a Revolution

via the FT,
Syria should follow Egypt’s lead and the Syrian army should “empower a revolution”, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, argued as thousands marched in a southern city.

Mr Gates made his comments – some of the toughest remarks to date by a US official about the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president – on a day of further upheaval in the Middle East and beyond.
Drawing a parallel between the unrest in Syria and the protests that unseated Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s former president, Mr Gates said: “I’ve just come from Egypt, where the Egyptian army stood on the sidelines and allowed people to demonstrate and in fact empowered a revolution. The Syrians might take a lesson from that.”
Let's hope so.

1 comment:

Robin Edgar said...

Forgive me for being cynical here Bill and pointing out that the Assad regime almost certainly did take a lesson from that. . .