Assad Will Fight to the Death
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  • Corlyss

    No mystery there. We all know that’s what the Irani Revolutionary Guard told him to do. Sure wouldn’t want to be one of those Alawites in a couple month’s time.

  • OldCurmudgeon

    Qatar’s prime minister, Hamad Bin Jasim al-Thani, urged Assad to make a “courageous” decision to step aside for the sake of his country.
    It would be very courageous, given the internal community’s history of later reneging on such deals.

  • I was assuming that he would retreat up into the ancestral hills of his Alawite tribe, and hold out there for years. Although they might kill him for failing them.

  • Kris

    “Do you expect me to resign?”
    “No, Dr. Assad. …”

  • Bob Dehmer

    I’m surprised that anyone is surprised by all of this. Lee Smith layed out this (endlessly repeated) scenario a few years ago in his excellent “The Strong Horse”. Mubarak has been the only Arab ruler to leave office in a vertical posture in a very long time.

  • David

    Prof. Mead writes “…the government can’t crush the rebellion.”

    The facts on the ground tell a different story. The government crushed the anti-government forces in Damascus. The insurgents fled the capital. Now the government is cleaning Aleppo from the rebels. To say “the government can’t crush the rebellion” is both premature and prejudicial.

    Further, does the professor have a workable, practical, real plan to save the minorities (Alawites, Druze, Christian Arabs, Christian Armenians, Christian Assyrians, maybe even Kurds) from what looks like a Sunni Islamofascist forces with elements of Al-Qaida, etc.? If there is no plan, it is better to be modest, rather than sit in a safe Ivy League office and criticize…

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