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  •  Libya was a cake walk compared to Syria (0+ / 0-)

    By comparison, the Libyans had all the advantages. Small population with much oil revenue. A solid base area in Benghazi that seriously stretched Qaddafi lines on communication. Support from 3 sides, Egypt, Tunisia and we now know Sudan. Libyan hadn't happened yet so even Russia & China could be brought on board for UN support. Qaddafi's air defense was weak so NATO was willing to act. And for all the criticism of th NTC, they were based in-country and did represent a unified leadership with which the world could deal.

    The best thing NATO did was force Qaddafi to give up his armor and rely on technicals, which put him on a equal footing with the rebels.

    An they had me and all the other activists that enrolled 24/7 for support, now worn out or moved on to occupy and other things - although this is starting to change.

    Assad, on the other hand, seems to have much more popular support and an actual political party, not to mention a much stronger and more professional army.

    Still, I'm amazed at how fast things are moving. The AJE correspondence in Syria said she was seeing a lot more RPG's and not the old rusty ones. These look fresh out of the box, she said from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Next I'm sure they will start receiving manpads quicker than Russia can ship in refurbished choppers.

    What I'd really like to know is the rate at which Assad soldiers are deserting and going over to the FSA. That is the real battle in Syria. Judging by the way the opposition has been able to expand the fight in recent weeks, they are doing alright in that department.

    Hell, Assad was shelling the outskirts of Damascus today. When you start shelling your own capital, you know the end is near.

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 11:34:55 PM PDT

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