Assad to world community: Try and stop me

The announcement yesterday by the US, the EU, and the UN calling on President Assad of Syria to step down had as much impact as you might expect on the Syrian dictator. None at all: Thousands of Syrians took to the streets on Friday to call for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad, keeping up the pressure in the five-month uprising a day after an alliance led by the United States toughened sanctions against his government and publicly called on him for the first time to step down. At least 18 people were reported killed, including some soldiers who disobeyed orders to shoot at protesters. The deadly repression, in the face of rising international condemnation of Mr. Assad, suggested his own stubbornness was hardening. Syrians have been demonstrating on Fridays after noon prayers since the uprising began in March, and activists on the official Facebook page for the Syrian revolution were calling this week's demonstrations "Friday of the beginnings of victory." Activists and...(Read Full Post)