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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 05:45 AM
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6. Violently repress peaceful protests for long enough and guess what happens.
Either you "win" and impose the "peace" of a dictator's security forces OR the months-long repression runs the risk that a small part of the opposition (largely defectors from Assad's own military, who got tired of shooting civilians) turns to violence out of frustration.

It's a good strategy for dictators. Repression of dissent comes naturally to them. When peaceful protests break out, they can assume that either violent repression will break the protests in fairly short order (and the world will look the other way) or violent repression fails and eventually creates a small minority of the opposition who to employ violence themselves.

Then the dictator can say, "I told you all along that I was simply trying to put down violent opposition to "legitimate" government." The strategy may not always work, but it often does. Opposing peaceful public pressure for more freedom is tough in the current atmosphere. But violent repression comes naturally to dictators rather than negotiation and accommodation which are bad for their job security, so it's not surprising that Assad would take a page of this play book.
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  -Syria crisis: Assad regime forces issue 72-hour deadline for end to protests in Homs UndertheOcean  Dec-09-11 11:10 PM   #0 
  - Maybe it's not so much the protesting as much as its the killing and stuff.  Arctic Dave   Dec-09-11 11:46 PM   #1 
  - Your way is naive.  tcaudilllg   Dec-10-11 12:14 AM   #3 
  - Maybe that's that's why he is cracking down.  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:13 AM   #7 
     - He'll crack down no matter what.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 09:59 AM   #14 
  - Some Egyptians burned several police stations and killed police officers...  joshcryer   Dec-10-11 03:20 AM   #4 
  - Did they attack a base?  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:14 AM   #8 
  - "Stop shooting back! That's not fair!"  DetlefK   Dec-10-11 05:04 AM   #5 
  - It is completely fair.  Arctic Dave   Dec-10-11 09:16 AM   #9 
  - Violently repress peaceful protests for long enough and guess what happens.  pampango   Dec-10-11 05:45 AM   #6 
  - It was bad form to actually fight back. How important can freedom really be?  hack89   Dec-10-11 04:03 PM   #11 
  - The people of Homs have a good reason to be afraid.  Little Tich   Dec-10-11 12:09 AM   #2 
  - Oh well.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 10:05 AM   #16 
  - We never use violence against our citizens  classysassy   Dec-17-11 10:51 PM   #18 
  - That is entirely reasonable.  David__77   Dec-10-11 03:36 PM   #10 
  - Are you saying the Syrian people do not have legitimate grievances?  hack89   Dec-10-11 04:11 PM   #12 
     - Of course they have legitimate grievances.  David__77   Dec-10-11 06:29 PM   #13 
        - Assad is not the only way.  tcaudilllg   Dec-11-11 10:02 AM   #15 
  - Freedom of the press to continue lying.  classysassy   Dec-17-11 01:25 AM   #17 

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