This commentary was published in The Arab Times on 06/06/2011
The ‘cosmetic operations’ being carried out by the Damascus regime every Friday to improve its appearance are no longer effective. Decrees issued to pardon political prisoners after they aged or died within the walls of torture and exiles are futile. Promises of establishing committees to draft a new law for parties, allowing freedom of expression, regulating the media, preparing for a national dialogue are all useless. Who will hold a dialogue when the regime uses a gun to speak?