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  •  If, in fact, Assad is dead, why is the conflict (1+ / 0-)
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    Shawn Russell

    continuing? This would mean that there are other people behind the scenes who are actually in control and Assad is nothing more than a figurehead.

    Maybe they will stuff and mount him and bring him out on special occasions for photo ops? Turn him into a 'Bernie'.....

    •  Assad may only ever have been a puppet (1+ / 0-)
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      Claudius Bombarnac

      he was sane enough when working in London - so how did he so rapidly turn into a dangerous dictator....?  Maybe he didn't, he was sane but not remotely in control.

      I don't know, just wondering here.....

      •  He has always kinda looked like a puppet - stiff (1+ / 0-)
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        Timaeus

        Here's a report on the inner circle.

        Bashar al-Assad's inner circle

        30 July 2012
        Although Bashar al-Assad inherited Syria's presidency on his father's death in 2000, analysts say he does not have Hafez al-Assad's absolute grip on power. He is surrounded by military and intelligence figures, most of whom are either related to the president or are members of his minority Alawite community.

    •  It could mean that he was taken out (1+ / 0-)
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      with the 4 other ministers and the remaining regime insiders are keeping it quiet in the hopes that they can consolidate their position with the current desperate offensive before the word gets out. Or it could mean that he is seriously injured and they are hoping they can fake it until he recovers.

      I think everybody knows that if Assad is taken out and that is widely known, the regime will fall apart fast.

      Nobody wants that except the Syrians that are being slaughtered everyday. Even Obama and NATO talk of a controlled transition that includes elements of the old regime, and they already agreed at Rio 2012 that Syria would stay in the Russia orbit, so I don't think they would blow the whistle if they had intel on Assad's demise. I don't think Israel would either.

      If I turn out to be right about this, they will all have a lot of blood on their hands for extending this conflict while they work out a mutually agreed upon solution on what they will impose on Syria in place of Assad.

      Also I find Jalili a much less than compelling witness? Can we name any foreign diplomat more likely to lie about that than Jalili? I know Lavrov runs a close second. I was prepared even to doubt Annan had Annan claimed to have spoken to Assad since the explosion, but then you know how I feel about Annan. But Jalili? Please!

      The bottom line is this: it's been almost 3 weeks, his regime is on the ropes and he could end all speculation by going on camera and saying "Fuck you, Claiborne, I read your blog and your reports of my death are wild exaggerations" or anything else that left no doubt as to how he was. Why doesn't he?
       

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

      by Clay Claiborne on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 03:04:37 PM PDT

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