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The Arab league has voted to suspend Syria from its meetings on November 16th if the regime in Damascus fails to implement a deal to put an end to the brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters. The Arab League decided last week to suspend Syria, but the decision was adopted at a meeting in Morocco on November 16th.
The league also decided to impose severe political and economic sanctions against Syria; making Syria more isolated from both economic and political orbit. Recently, the 22-member body agreed that it would withdraw its army and security forces, open dialogue with the opposition and invite press within two weeks.
Nevertheless, Syria reneged and lingered irreverently, killing more than 100 people. This stronger-than-expected move came amid worsening humanitarian conditions in Syria over the last eight months. Meanwhile, Jordan’s King Abdullah has become the first Arab Leader to explicitly call for President Basher-Al –Assad’s resignation.
Prince Turki al Faisal, former chief of Saudi intelligence, has also echoed his sentiments by saying that it is inevitable that he will have to step down one way or the other. The Arab League intervention in Syrian political unrest opens in a big way the possibilities of repairing the damaged system, especially in Syria and other Arab countries devastated by greed for authoritative power.
The United States hoped that the League would use meetings to send a clear and hard signal to Assad that he needs to allow for democratic change and end violence against its people. The year 2011 brought unrivaled changes at the political podium in the Arab world, ending decades of human oppression at the hands of both economic and political discourse.
Anti-government protest first abruptly erupted in Tunisia, paving a way forward as a mark of encouragement. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya; the three African nations witnessed a change that was overlooked as impossible a few years back.
In the Middle East, Yemen and Syria are still poised with reluctance to hear calls for installation of democracy, good governance and economic reforms that are inversely in the interest of their countries. Arab League General Nabil Araby suggested that the body had run out of patience with Assad. “The Arab League started exerting pressure on Syria to put an end to deathly battle with the protestors and to come to dialogue from the last four months, but Assad didn’t budge”
The Arab League intervened in the crisis and called for urgent measures to safeguard the Syrian people from violent and despotic repression by Assad’s regime, that during the last nine months killed nearly 3500 people.
Syria’s Baathist regime which has been in power for the last five decadesand even so doesn’t seem to soften its stance against its own people, shows that greed for power perhaps diminishes the substance to subsistence!
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