(CNN) - Syrian officials had dubbed it as a landmark speech - one that would be the blueprint for reform and begin a national dialogue.
As it turned out, President Bashar al-Assad's hourlong address at Damascus University Monday seemed more a reworking of previous promises to create committees that would study changes to the constitution, with vague hints that opposition parties would be tolerated. And rather than placating the growing opposition to the regime, it appears to have emboldened it.FULL STORY
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