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    • 20.06.11 | 14:19 (IDT)

    The Arabs don't know what Democracy is, and are used to a dictatorship. So do the Chinese. If you want to survive, learn from the Chinese. Your highest priority should be to improve the economy. If this happens, the Syrians will give you credit and keep you as a ruler. If you just keep suppressing your people, you will eventually fall, and probably lose your life if you don't have an escape plan at the ready. Massively violent suppression was only an urgent necessity for the Chinese, as in Tiananmen Square, but then came the real measure, relaxing the Communist economy. Better start leading an economic revolution NOW, or be a victim. Most importantly, don't listen to Western advice. They are experts on a different type of society than yours. Mubarak listened to them and see where he is now.

    from the article: Assad promises elections, complete reform package in Syria within months
    First published 12:12 20.06.11 | Last updated 12:12 20.06.11
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