Three down, two to go: Obama warns other Middle Eastern dictators as Libyan fighters set their sights on the the ‘germ of Syria’

UK Daily Mail
Friday, October 21, 2011

President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi’s death yesterday as a warning to dictators across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule ‘inevitably comes to an end.

Obama said the fall of Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya in revolutions dubbed the Arab Spring proved that the leaders of Syria and Yemen should be fearful of similar endings.

Protests broke out in March in Syria and more than 3,000 people have been killed after a violent military response from the leadership.

Washington has demanded that Syria’s leader Bashar al-Assad halt his crackdown on democracy protests in Syria and step down. The White House is also pressing Yemen’s longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to leave office in the face of political upheaval.

Obama has also condemned Iran’s human rights record and is seeking further sanctions against Tehran over an alleged foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

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‘For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end,’ Obama said.

Obama stressed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost his legitimacy to rule.

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