Syria and sanctions - Caabu Letter in the Daily Telegraph
Caabu Letter in the Daily Telegraph - 17 February 2012
Sanctions for Syria
SIR – Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary, explains how Syria might be isolated and sanctioned (Comment, February 15). But he does not explain how this would bring down the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president.
The North Koreans have demonstrated that economic collapse does not necessarily lead to regime collapse. Syria has ties with Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. Each could provide an economic lifeline.
The Syrian people will bear the brunt of these sanctions, deprived of medicines, food and other staple goods. Following sanctions in Iraq, over 500,000 children under five lost their lives, according to UN figures. Far from losing his grip on power, Saddam Hussein was able to exert even greater control over Iraqis. No doubt Mr Assad’s regime would do just the same.