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  •  According to this article, (3+ / 0-)
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    some significant number of Sunnis (although they don't say how many) actually support the regime:

    One explanation of the Syrian civil war is that it is at its heart a conflict of the two strains of Islam that have warred for centuries: Sunni Muslims against the minority Shiite Muslim Alawites, the sect of dictator Bashar Assad.

    But the reality is more complex and helps explain why more than two years into the fighting that has killed more than 100,000 people Syrian President Assad has defied predictions of his demise

    Sunni Muslims make up 70% of Syria's 25 million people and it is they who fill the ranks of the rebellion against Assad's minority Alawite regime, considered apostates by Sunni clerics. Yet one reason why Assad remains in power despite being outnumbered by a rival sect is that many Sunnis are on his side, and their support is aiding his survival, say analysts and rebels.

    "If Sunnis were united behind the rebels, trust me, Bashar would've fallen within days," says Abu Qays, an anti-regime Syrian activist in the eastern city of Deir e-Zor who uses a nickname for security reasons. "Do you think those who are committing (these) massacres are all Alawites?"

    This makes sense to a certain extent. If 70-80% of the population was against the government, I think the war would have been over a long time ago.

    •  Of course some Sunni are with the regime. (0+ / 0-)

      Those who profited or did well and are now backed into a corner because they fear retribution, for example.

      And there are Christians and Alawites who were against the regime, as well, but now are backed into a corner, as well.

      In a way, the more extreme rebel factions have been the rebellion's greatest enemy.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 10:11:57 AM PDT

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