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Syria Moving Toward Decision Point?

The last Friday before Ramadan saw massive protests across Syria, but the country’s two largest cities, and the foundations of the government’s power, were relatively subdued.

Ramadan begins in the next couple of days; protesters hope for huge national demonstrations against the increasingly unpopular, isolated and bloody regime.

But the dog that did not bark is still the key to the country: should the government lose the battle for the streets of Damascus, the struggle will enter its most critical phase. For now, the rest is just noise.   The Journal reports protesters plan a demonstration this Monday in Omayyeen Square in central Damascus.

If demonstrations in the capital cannot be suppressed, the regime is in trouble.  If Ramadan demonstrations lose momentum and the capital remains quiet, the struggle could be prolonged.

Monday through Friday of this coming week could be historic in Syria.  .

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