Fighting fire with fire

11.10.2011                      13.Tischrei. 5772

Syrien:

Fighting fire with fire

As armed resistance emerges in Syria, Sunni nature of the military challenge to Alawi-dominated regime of Bashar Assad is becoming clear.

It has long been apparent that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no intention of being driven from power by unarmed protests and demonstrations. The Syrian uprising is now seven months old. The regime has slaughtered 2,700 of its own people.
The situation has reached a stalemate. Assad does not have the power to simply drown the uprising in blood without potentially triggering increased international attention and possibly intervention. The protesters, meanwhile, have no way to translate their ongoing demonstrations, slogans and protests into a tool for seizing power. Early efforts to tempt senior regime figures away from Assad got nowhere. The regime remains apparently united around its leader. The army, meanwhile, has not split….