Behind the Arab League’s suspension of Syria

Cairo (CNN) — I strolled through the halls of the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo the other day, perusing all the family photos of Arab leaders at various summit meetings over the years.

There was deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, deposed and violently disposed of Libyan “Brother Leader” Moammar Gadhafi, exiled Tunisian President Zine Abedine Ben Ali, Yemen’s beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Syria’s embattled President Bashar Al-Assad.

Uneasy, I thought, must sit the other heads of state featured in those photos.

But it was those surviving leaders, of such less-than-democratic countries as Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Sudan, to name a few, who instructed their foreign ministers to vote Saturday to suspend Syria from the Arab League over its bloody suppression of the eight-month-old uprising there.


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