U.S. raises voice against Syria despite ongoing reforms: analysts

11:06, May 06, 2011      

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Obama's administration condemned what it said an "outrageous violence" against protesters in Syria, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

"The United States is looking at boosting sanctions it has already imposed on Syrian leaders," she said.

Many political analysts criticized the American intervention in the Syrian affairs, pointing out that such intervention aims to undermine Syria's regional and international stances.

Midian Ali, professor of international economic relations at the University of Damascus, told Xinhua that the United States aims to rebuild the Middle East on new foundations that serve its interests. He added that "America is trying hard to destabilize the Middle East by striking Syria" because it had resisted the American projects in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestinian territories.

Obama's administration imposed sanctions on three top Syrian officials as well as Syria's intelligence agency over what it called a crackdown of protests.

Syria is already under U.S. sanctions because it has been designated as a "state sponsor of terrorism" by the state department, however the new sanctions extend the penalties to individuals.

European nations summoned Syrian ambassadors last week demanding that President Bashar al-Assad stop "gunning down his people."

Khalaf al-Muftah, general manager of al-Wehde establishment for press in Syria, told Xinhua that "America is always trying to press Syria to change its stances regarding supporting resistance movements and cutting off relations with countries such as Iran and Turkey."

According to Syria's News Agency SANA, many criminals have been arrested lately and admitted to killing tens of army and security forces, mutilating their bodies, opening fire on passing cars and burning public and private properties.

SANA said more than a hundred of military personnel and policemen, in addition to more than 70 civilians, have been killed since the eruption of protests in Syria more than seven weeks ago.

Protests have erupted in the southern province of Daraa in mid March and extended to other Syrian cities demanding sweeping reforms. Syrian President Bashar Assad has made many overtures to calm protesters including a major Cabinet reshuffle, the cancellation of the decades-old emergency law, and granting the Syrian nationality to Kurds. Many other reforms are imminent amid promises to combat rampant corruption and handle unemployment.

The U.S stance has been even considered by many Syrians as a flagrant intervention in the country's internal affairs.

Hundreds of Syrians demonstrated on Sunday in front of the American embassy in Damascus, urging the U.S to "mind its own internal affairs."

Syria's longstanding relationship with the Iran is of great concern to the United States. As Syria grew more separated from the U.S, in the past few years, Syrian-Iranian relations improved, and some analysts have called on U.S. policymakers to pull Syria away from Iran. Others believe that the Administration should go even further in pressuring the Syrian government, and should consider imposing harsher sanctions.

Source: Xinhua
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