Blindness On The Road To Damascus By Fiona Hill

17 February 2012New Matilda

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As the calls for President Assad to step down get louder, including from Australia, evidence on the ground suggests that Syrians want elections, not international intervention, writes Fiona Hill

The Syrian Embassy in Canberra was attacked and ransacked earlier this month by a gang of 40 men who stole property and intimidated staff. We still await Canberra’s denouncement of the crime and a statement about failing public security.

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Syria’s ‘Arab Spring’: failed or hijacked? By Fiona Hill

14 February 2012Syria’s ‘Arab Spring’: failed or hijacked? – The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ‘disgusted’ at the stance taken by Russia and China against foreign military intervention in Syria. But clearly ‘Madame Clinton‘, as many Syrians enjoy calling her, has not made time to read the report by the Head of the Arab League (AL) Observer Mission that was deployed throughout Syria‘s provinces from December 24, 2011 to January 18, 2012.

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