Don't put sanctions on Syria
Amir Taheri explains why that's a bad idea. Moneyshot: The truth, however, is that Syria is ripe for change and desperately needs it. This need not come through military action, although that should not be ruled out. A substantial segment of the Syrian regime, probably including Assad himself, is conscious that change is not only possible but inevitable. Any attempt by the UN to impose sanctions on Syria because of the Hariri case could, paradoxically, freeze the energies unleashed for change and strengthen the most reactionary segments of the regime that, echoing the Iranian mullahs, believe they can weather the current storm and wait Bush out. Ture. Don't make a Hero out of Bashar. Just put him in such a position that people will start feeling he is weak and his whole hosue of cards will crumble.