Rice: Syria on Verge of Civil War

Bashar al-Assad is 'no friend' of the US, says former secretary of state

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:18 AM CST

(Newser) – Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking his country to the brink of civil war, says former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. She tells CNN's State of the Union that Assad "is no friend of the United States" and that his overthrow would be a "great thing" for the Syrian people, US interests, and anyone seeking a more peaceful Middle East. Rice is calling for the "toughest" possible penalties against Assad's government.

She says that if Russia and China block UN sanctions, the US should apply pressure with its allies or act alone. Rice also is urging more assistance to Syria's opposition.

Pro-Syrian regime protesters shout pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad slogans during a demonstration to show their soldarity with their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday Nov. 20, 2011. Residents...   (Bassem Tellawi)
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2010 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad smiles as he shakes hands with Venesuela's President Hugo Chafez, not seen, at the Syrian presidential palace, in Damascus, Syria....   (Hussein Malla)
A general view of the ruling Baath party headquarters, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday Nov. 20, 2011. Residents in the Syrian capital awoke to two loud explosions Sunday amid reports from activists that the...   (Bassem Tellawi)
Pro-Syrian regime protesters carry a huge portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration to show their solidarity with their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday Nov. 20, 2011. Residents...   (Bassem Tellawi)
Condoleezza Rice says that Bashar al-Assad's fall would be positive.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)
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