November 14th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Time for al-Assad to step down, Jordan's king says

Jordan's King Adbullah, speaking to the BBC, urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but not before laying the foundations of a new political discussion.

"If it was me, I would step down and make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status quo that we're seeing," he told the BBC Monday.

The Syrian president is under increasing pressure to step aside even as his government continues an violent eight-month crackdown that the United Nations says has claimed more than 3,500 lives, including six more killed on Monday.

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  1. banasy©

    I wonder:
    If his country had the same unrest going, would *he* be willing to step down?

    November 14, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. justathought

    @Banasy, That was my exact thought as I read the article.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Great minds think alike, justathought.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hakeeka

    Don't you worry your Majesty, you are next ;-p

    November 14, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Here's why Syria should do whatever Jordan says to do:
    The head of Jordan is "a real King"–anybody remember AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS?–and the leader of Syria is only a president.
    So jump, Syria! Jordan told you to jump.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    Let them eat cake...er...felafel.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ma & pa

    Leaders of many countries have suggested al-Assad should step down. It is a known fact that the Assads ruled by quiet brutality and terror, such that the populace remained silent lest they disappear or suffer an unfortunate accident. To be suspected of hoping for justice in Syria has been cause enough to be smeared and killed. Leading a kingdom or country is not a carefree task. Jordan's King Abdulla has always worked to maintain a good way of life for his people...to uplift, not suppress, that which supports a cohesive free nation.

    November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. justathought

    @banasy, Do you have a rebel in your realm your majesty? Do you remember where the guillotine was stored?

    November 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @justathought:
    Que?

    November 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lyndsie Graham

    I wonder just how much did the C.I.A. pay this creep King Abdullah of Jordan to say what he did. This goes to show that some people will say anything for a price!!! In fact, bribery has become the cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy!

    November 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lol.. You need proof to 'show' anything. All of your posts go to show you jump to conclusions you make up to fit whatever rant you are on..

      November 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ma & pa

    All this meanspiritedness and hurting and killing oneanother all over the world makes us sad. Maybe the bullies everywhere could bend over and grab their toes for a while for a different perspective. Then they could sit down and look at a newborn child and plan how to grow free peace in the world for all children to grow up in.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Barry G.

    The party is over, al-Assad, for you and your thug generals.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |