February 29, 2012

To Avoid Proxy War, Offer Assad an Exit

Abdel Bari Atwan, The Guardian

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A face-saving exit plan might be the only way to remove Assad, and prevent further polarisation of the world's superpowers.

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TAGGED: China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Syria, Iran, Bashar al-Assad, Qatar


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Qatar's Muscle Flexing Shaping Mideast
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