Like I said Friday, the fuse has been lit. I think it’s too late for Assad to put it out without a major blow up.
Now the Arab League, in an unprecedented move, has imposed economic sanctions on Syria, including travel bans on senior officials and other measures which will make it difficult for Syrian countries to trade. The sanctions though, probably will be ignored by Lebanon and Iraq, but nonetheless are an important symbolic slap at the Assad regime.
Libya reportedly has offered weapons and troops to aid Syria’s insurgent army currently drawn from army defectors. Syria’s neighbors, including Israel and Turkey, as well as Hezbollah, reportedly are on heightened military alert.
Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in Lebanon which will split along sectarian lines as the Syria crisis grows deeper:
Tens of thousands of supporters of Lebanon’s anti-Syrian opposition gathered in
the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday to denounce the regime in Damascus and
its Shiite ally Hezbollah.
The rally in the northern port city was organised by the Future Movement, the main opposition party headed by ex-premier Saad Hariri, to mark the 68th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence.
Just waiting for the boom.