WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will eventually fall when enough soldiers, business leaders and minorities desert him. “I think the regime will fall... I am not a fortune teller. I cannot tell you when that will happen,” Clinton said in an interview Sunday with Morocco’s 2M television channel during a visit to the Moroccan capital Rabat. “But the Syrian army, which is largely a conscript army, is not going to continue to carry out these brutal assaults on the Syrian people,” the chief US diplomat said, according to a transcript of the interview released Monday. “At some point, the defections will build, there will finally be created enough momentum against the regime from not only the security forces but business leaders, minorities who are worried about what’s happening,” she said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2012.