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On Air at 1700GMT: Syrian dialogue & the price of intervention in Libya

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 13:26 UK time, Monday, 20 June 2011

"a timeline shall be set for dialogue... we must give this dialogue a chance because the future of Syria depends on it"

Words from Syrian president Bashar al-Assad this morning in a 75-minute speech.

But what would a Syrian dialogue sound like? Tonight we plan to find out. We'll have a number of guests with different points of view on how they see the future of Syria. Please do get in touch if you'd like to take part.

Here's a link to Chloe's earlier post on the Syrian president's speech

Also tonight: What's the price of intervention?

Nato ,for the first time in the Libya campaign, has acknowledged responsibility for civilian casualities.

Time's Tony Karon blogs at Global Spin that

....Sunday morning's debacle -- caused, NATO believes, by a "weapons systems failure" that resulted in a bomb or missile missing its target -- could not have come at a worse time for the Alliance...

What do you think about intervention when you hear an admission like this?

Here's what state-run Jamahiriya News Agency had to say:
"In a sign of a moral and religious bankruptcy and military defeat the warplanes of NATO staged a barbaric air attack against an otherwise a peaceful residential area in Tripoli killing three members of one family,"

@jwmccarty tweets: Wondering how the progressive folks who pushed for Libya Intervention, & believed it'd only be a no fly zone w/ quick resolution, feel now..

But there are many more who think, it's important to stay the course, even if civilians are killed in the process.

I hope you'll get in touch.



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