Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- March 30, 2011

Bashar al-Assad's Day Of Reckoning -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

The Syrian president's televised address to the nation could be a moment of opportunity or a fatal step in his fall from grace

Bashar al-Assad's address to the nation is easily the biggest moment of his young political life. Syria has faced multiple crises during the president's 11-year rule, including a massive refugee influx after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the 2004 Kurdish uprising, a rift with Lebanon after the Hariri assassination in 2005 and Israel's bombing of a supposed nuclear reactor in 2007. But none seriously threatened the 45-year-old Assad's grip on power, nor the survival of the regime. This is different.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Yemen's Crisis: The President Who Cried "Al-Qaeda!" -- Erik Stier, Yahoo News/Time

Sarkozy Gets the Better of Obama -- Leon Hadar, National Interest

South Sudan: Will Freedom Just Lead to Civil War? -- Alan Boswell, Time

Has Fukushima's Reactor No. 1 Gone Critical? -- Eben Harrell, Time

How Dangerous Is Japan's Creeping Nuclear Disaster?
-- Veronika Hackenbroch, Takako Maruga and Cordula Meyer, Spiegel Online

Japan’s Political Tremors -- Karel van Wolferen, The Diplomat

The Iraq Syndrome Revisited -- John Mueller, Council On Foreign Affairs

India’s corruption curse -- Jaswant Singh, Joong Ang Daily

The African Success of Team China -- Michael Gerson, Real Clear Politics

A Bogus Report By Rolling Stone About Our Troops In Afghanistan Has Me Crying 'Bulls**t' -- Michael Yon, FOX News

'Kill Team' in Afghanistan Brings Shame to America -- Leslie Marshall, USA Today

Commentary: Where Taliban, government practice peaceful co-existence -- Maiwand Safi, McClatchy News

Syria’s special place as the Middle East’s mafioso -- Michael Ross, National Post
Is Assad Capable of Reform? -- Volker Perthes, New York Times
Assad’s shaky house -- Jeff Jacoby,
Assad Does a Mubarak -- Dominic Waghorn, SKY News
Al-Assad could unleash immense violence tomorrow -- CNN
Israel, long critical of Assad, may prefer he stay after all -- Janine Zacharia, Washington Post
Analysis: Assad the intimidator -- David Horowitz, Jerusalem Post
Analysis: Syria status quo serves Israelis and Palestinians -- Jerusalem Post/Reuters
Factbox: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- Reuters

Is Ivorian conflict a civil war? -- UPI
Ivory Coast's conflict and Rwanda's genocide: Key differences -- Christian Science Monitor
Q&A: What's at stake as Ivory Coast teeters on the verge of civil war -- The Telegraph

Commentaries, Opinions, Editorials, And Analysis On the War In Libya

As Libyan Rebels Stall, Obama Faces Impossible Choice -- Max Fisher, The Atlantic
Why more weapons wouldn't help Libya's rebels – at least not right away -- Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor
Mission Unaccomplished -- Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator
Arming Libya's rebels: A cautionary tale -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC
Jumping the gun in Libya -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Washington Times
Team Obama, world police -- Washington Times editorial
Hillary's War -- Victor Sharpe, American Thinker
Two Libyan States? -- J.R. Dunn, American Thinker
Assassinating Gaddafi -- Paul Kengor, American Thinker
Double vision over Libya -- Donald Lambro, Washington Times
Libyan Rebels no Bargain for U.S. -- Chris Stirewalt, FOX News
Did Barack Obama channel George W. Bush in his Libya speech? -- Andrew Malcolm, L.A. Times

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