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Syria waits

The New York Times is reporting on Syria, specifically on the matter of the governments effort to balance making concessions with cracking down to maintain order.

The reforms were promised Saturday by President Bashar al-Assad but had yet to be articulated until Tuesday, when the government announced the repeal of emergency law in place since the Baath Party seized power in Syria in 1963. The repeal must still be approved by parliament or Mr. Assad, but that amounts to a formality. So does its true impact: The government has yet to show any real sign of easing its relentless grip.

The protesters in Syria do not appear to be prepared to stop.  For the next few days both sides, government and protesters, will regroup and reassess the situation, and as we’ve been saying for several days now, where this goes is anyone’s guess.


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