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Pressure Valve Off in Al-Assad's Syria

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Over the past sixteen months of bloody conflict in Syria, observers have been waiting for one key development: top-level defections from within President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 2:42 am
Thanks, noted.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 10:22 am
This could be the pressure valve coming off, or it could be a sign of one of two deeper divisions:

As the article notes, the defecting general was out of the inner circle for a while and not an Alawite. In fact his family was famous for being Sunnis who supported the Alawite leaders. That could mean that the division is sectarian more than anything else, Shiites and Alawites against Sunnis. This is supported by the identities and loyalties of the foreign combatants. He may have sided with his fellow Sunnis, feared especially for his life if rebels deemed him a traitor, or feared that even if Assad wins, he might face trouble for being Sunni.

The article also notes that his position in the government predates Bashar's. This may be revealing, given Bashar's, behaviour shortly after taking power. His father, shortly before his death, was apaprently trying to make peace with Israel. Bashar totally reversed that upon taking power. I doubt that this was just a difference of desires between father and son. It looks to me like Bashar was trying to secure his position among powerful figures while his father was sufficiently well-entrenched to do something of which they might not approve. Bashar's proposed reforms before the outbreak of violence may also indicate a willingness to fundamentally change his country's behaviour, but an inability to do so over the opposition of others within his government. (It is possible that he was trying to use the danger of rebellion as an excuse to get his regime to rally around him and support his goals.) If Bashar's intentions have been held in check from the day he took office by others, this could be a split between an "old guard" and a would-be reformer.

. (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 9:39 am
Interesting article;as his :inner circle" walks out, Assad is forced to resign.
What bothered me was the end of the article mentioning Saudi Arabia and Qatar supplying the rebels with arms. Were these not the same countries who were part of the "Arab League" who did absolutely nothing in forcing Assad out? I would feel comfortable if these countries, and Jordan put together a new Syria. They are the more level headed middle east countries, and they could actually be of service instead of the country twisting in the wind as in Egypt's case.

Phil P (94)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:26 pm
Wishful thinking. Meanwhile innocents continue to be slaughtered and Assad continues to deny and fill his Swiss bank accounts and Saudi Arabia continues to play all sides as the wind blows.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:40 pm
"But if the increasing number of top-level defections is a signal that the Sunni elite, which is comprised of generals, businessmen, bureaucrats and which has so far stuck with al-Assad, is now moving away from him, that’s a huge shift – and one that will ultimately bring down the regime."

Very misleading headline. Defections may be increasing but people are STILL dying at the hands of this despot. When that stops, the pressure will be off. Not until. And even then, we can only hope the effort to establish a new government can be done without more bloodshed.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 12:58 pm
Noted , thanks !

Robert O (12)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:55 pm
Thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 5:12 pm

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 6:45 pm
As always more wars on the horizon! We "humans" are so great at self destruction.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday July 16, 2012, 3:23 pm
UN has been a joke for much longer than Kofi Annas became a joke.

Arab League states are resolving their Sunni-Shia disputes in Syria, and nobody can/wants to do anything, other than to supply both sides with arms. "Human Rights" activists are afraid to show up, and neither Hesbola nor Al-Queda are going to back up.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:12 am

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:30 am

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NATO has failed categorically to sell UNSC mandated military intervention to an increasingly unreceptive global public. With fighting reported in Damascus and the Western media and the so-called "Free Syrian Army" hailing it as the "final battle" despite zero tactical victories in nearly a year and a half of fighting, the stage is being set instead for a massive psychological operation.

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