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Germany: Signs of regime erosion in Syria

The Local · 6 Aug 2012, 14:02

Published: 06 Aug 2012 14:02 GMT+02:00

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"The reports show how far the erosion process of the Assad regime has progressed," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.

"The events also show how necessary an immediate end to the violence and the establishment of an interim government without Assad are."

A monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Hijab defected to the opposition, as Syrian state media announced the premier's abrupt dismissal just two months after his appointment.

Hijab said he had defected in protest at the "genocide" Assad is carrying out against his own people.

"I announce my defection today [Monday] from the regime of killing and terror, and I join the ranks of the revolt," he said in a statement read by his spokesman Mohammed al-Otri on Al-Jazeera news channel from Amman.

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Hijab's defection is the highest-ranking of the 17-month uprising, and a new blow to Assad, who has already seen 31 of his generals cross the border into Turkey to join the rebellion and a growing number of his ambassadors break ranks.


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16:13 August 6, 2012 by raandy
Assad should have learned from the mistakes of the other deposed Arab leaders that force will not solve the problem ,on the contrary it only strengthened the opposition's resolve to fight to the end, his end.
19:11 August 6, 2012 by IchBinKönig
I guess Germany would know this since it has its soldiers and weapons assisting the Rebels on the ground in Syria. Just like Germany did in Libya and Egypt.

Time to draw up some new Oil deals!!! Sorry, China!
09:15 August 7, 2012 by wood artist

You're completely right, but it's never going to happen. Assad learned at the feet of his father, and knows no other way. He's all about personal power, and the only way to maintain that is to "fight harder." It worked for his father, and that's the only page in his playbook.

Every dictator thinks the "rules" don't apply to him, so the Arab Spring was irrelevant to Assad. Yup, we can all see the handwriting on the wall, but he simply has no idea how to do anything else. Compromise isn't in his book, and leaving would make him look "small" and self-importance and power are the only things that matter to him. He could never survive if he had to look in the mirror and see "somebody small and unimportant" looking back.

Eventually he'll go down, and hard. The true sadness is the number of people who must die to make that happen.

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