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Demonstrations in Damascus But No Tipping Point Yet

The Syrian crisis appears to be intensifying on the first Friday of Ramadan.  Reports from Al-Jazeera this morning say substantial demonstrations are taking place in central Damascus, with crowds chanting “The people demand the execution of the president.”  Syrian state TV is showing footage of rubble strewn streets in Hama; when a regime begins to publicize its own crimes, this is not a good sign.

Revolutions are hard to predict; the odds against Assad’s survival are getting longer, but if the armed forces stay loyal and the government can stop the momentum of the demonstrators, it may yet survive.  The unrest in Damascus still appears relatively contained — though accurate reports are hard to come by.

The smart money now seems to be betting on the fall of the regime; nobody has any idea what might come next.

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