|Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:00 AM
"This House Believes President Assad Must Resign."
The reputation of Syria's President Bashar Al Assad came under sustained attack at the latest Doha Debate, where more than 90 percent of the audience called on him to resign. The session provoked tense and often bitter exchanges between panellists, who argued that Assad should stay and reform, and young, predominantly Arab debaters who repeatedly condemned the killing of more than 3,500 people at demonstrations in Syria and the wide-ranging abuse of human rights. In response to suggestions that the uprising was initiated by foreign powers - a version of events, touted widely by the regime - one female audience member declared: "This is a Syrian revolution and it's insulting to keep insisting that it was inspired outside. D