Arab League Delays Syria Suspension

The Arab League said last Saturday it would suspend Syria from its ranks, but has it? The Associated Press thinks so, saying the organization confirmed Wednesday that it has suspended Syria and given its government three days to end violence—what it calls “a surprisingly harsh and highly unusual move.” The New York Times, however, says the three-day extension is a “surprise reprieve” that “effectively delayed Syria’s suspension.” The League is hoping Syria will use the extra time to withdraw troops from cities, stop firing on protesters, and accept civilian and military monitors. The group has not said what will happen if Syria refuses.