Syria warns international community not to recognize opposition

Exactly what would the Assad government be able to do if a country recognized the nascent opposition council? Not too damn much, is what. They warn of "tough measures" but in reality, they have little leverage if any nation were to start dealing with the Syrian National Council, as the opponents of Assad have dubbed themselves. CBS News: Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem did not specify what measures Damascus might take but alluded later in his comments to attacks on embassies. Addressing reports that protesters had broken into Syria's embassy to Germany, al-Moallem said that countries which did not protect Syrian missions could find their own embassies treated in the same way. "We will take tough measures against any country that recognizes this illegitimate council," al-Moallem said without elaborating on what type of reaction it might bring. The Syrian National Council, announced last week in Turkey, is a broad-based group which includes most major opposition factions. No country...(Read Full Post)

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