Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Photo by: Hussein Malla

Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)