President Bashar Assad of Syria warned the Middle East will burn if the West intervenes in his country’s seven-month-old uprising, threatening to turn the region into “tens of Afghanistans.’’ Assad’s comments were his harshest so far regarding the potential for foreign intervention. But they reveal a growing concern over the possibility of some sort of Western military action after months of NATO airstrikes helped rebellious Libyans oust Moammar Khadafy.
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