Hell, No, He Won't Go


Though Arab dictators keep toppling around him, Syrian President Bashar Assad is digging in. As Tripoli fell to Libyan rebels and calls for his resignation grew, Assad vowed to fight on, saying he had "no worries" about the future. Assad, who inherited the presidency from his strongman father, insists that Syria's unrest is the product of a foreign plot and says he has the people's support--even though his violent suppression of antigovernment protests has left more than 2,000 dead, prompting an investigation by the U.N.

Assad's opponents have been emboldened by the Libyan rebels' success:...

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