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  •  one shoudl ask What is Assad fighting for? (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, johanus, Lawrence

    they have failed suppressing the rebellion. After this, the country cant go back to "before". So what drives Assads side? (Dont say propaganda things like their thugs, or they´re evil, or any such. They are as human as any side here). So what do they fight for? One thing I could imagine is "not get slaughtered" but that´ll be just the beginning.

    who is actually going into the politics of this civil war?

    Holbrooke went into the politics of Yugoslavia and he (and all his people) actually managed to end it because they did so.

    if noone does this here then noone stands a chance of doing something right.  

    •  Tribal politics (3+ / 0-)
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      TomP, cocinero, Tweedledee5

      Assad's tribe versus other tribes?

      I don't think anyone is fighting for any principle higher than that.

      I'm on a mission! http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1233352/51142428#c520 Testing the new site rules.

      by blue aardvark on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:20:45 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, it sure could go back (1+ / 0-)
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      marsanges

      All he has to do is crush the rebellion brutally enough that no one sticks up any opposition and return to business as usual.  In fact, I think this is the main use for chemical weapons.  THey're not great tactical weapons, but they're fantastic at terrorizing a populace.

      •  you think? (1+ / 0-)
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        rwgate

        Father killed 20.000 it is said and thereafter noone dared to oppose. Yet now, hundred thousand dead, millions displaced and fled, all the countrys normality in total ruins and all the cities with it, -- over what would Assad still reign if he "won"?
        What would be "brutal enough" for a country thats already gone through this and goes on fighting?

        I actually expect that Syria will go the way of Somalia. my greatest worry over it is not the dead - though thats the greatest pain - but the decline in capacity to govern of even a ruthless government.

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