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    The Assads have had a well organized and effective opposition for decades.  The Muslim Brotherhood.

    The 1982 Hama massacre was to crush that opposition.

    They have taken a lower profile, but, if Assad falls, they are likely the best organized Syrian opposition faction to take power in any democratic style election scheme.

    •  They were, however, (1+ / 0-)
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      a militant opposition that conducted terrorism and came close to successfully assassinating Assad's father. Basically brutal tactics on both sides:

      From 1976 to 1982, Sunni Islamists fought the Ba'ath Party-controlled government of Syria in what has been called a "long campaign of terror". In 1979 the Brotherhood undertook guerrilla activities in multiple cities within the country targeting military officers and government officials. The resulting government repression included abusive tactics, torture, mass arrests, and a number of massacres. In July 1980, the ratification of Law No. 49 made membership in the Muslim Brotherhood a capital offense.

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