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    • Syrian
    • 07.12.11 | 15:02 (IST)

    Not because I don't want "freedom" and democracy but because what is at stake here is not the collapse of the regime, but the collapse of the country, its security, its stability, the decimation of its minorities, a regression into the days of corporeal punishment and limb cutting, etc... The rest of the Arabs can enjoy their Springs, I'll take my chance with a slow and deliberate reform process instead of a rewind to the middle ages and waiting for the supposed natural forces of democracy to work their way into modernising these societies (prob take 200 yearsat least).. Assad IS a reformer.his regime may be brutal, his party corrupt, his government’s institutions weak..but what he gets that the western champions of these revolutions don’t, is that more than political reforms, Arab societies need social and cultural reform....and anyone who was interested in Syria before it became sensational enough for the front pages knows that this is what the last 5 years have been about; reducing religious extremism, improving education, engaging civil society, investing in youth, etc...it may have been slow, but it was happening...

    from the article: Assad: UN report on Syria crimes against humanity not credible
    First published 14:12 07.12.11 | Last updated 14:12 07.12.11
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