July 19, 2012

DID ANYONE BESIDES THE rEALISTS, THE PRC, AND PUTIN THINK HE COULD SURVIVE THE DEMAND FOR SELF-DETERMINATION?

DEATHS IN DAMASCUS (Steve Coll, 7/18/12, The New Yorker)

On Wednesday, an apparent suicide bomber in Damascus attacked a meeting of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's war cabinet, killing Daoud Rajha, Syria's defense minister, and Asef Shawkat, who was the President's brother-in-law. The attack was the most striking in a series of signs that Syria's uprising has tipped into a full-blown civil war, as the Red Cross has now labelled it, with the war's momentum now favoring the rebels. (The intelligence and access required for an attack to succeed against a crisis-cabinet meeting suggests that the rebels are running sources inside Assad's security apparatus.) Other recent signals include sustained fighting around Damascus; the reported withdrawal of Syrian forces from the Golan Heights to combat the revolt; the spread of persistent violence to most of the country's provinces, drawing in virtually every unit of the Syrian security services; and significant, accelerating defections of diplomats and military officers.

Assad is finished.


Posted by at July 19, 2012 7:23 PM
  

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