The regime’s only hope now is that liberals will join forces with the most extreme right wing in a "Let Fascism Thrive" campaign. Assad’s soldiers believe American air attacks can't be stopped but are a much lesser threat than that rebels will exploit such attacks to augment games that already seriousl threaten the regime. Questioned by Reuters, Assad's soldiers repeated said they no longer believe state media reports of endless regime victories (thereby showin better judgement than Rand Paul, General Dempsey, the NY Times and lazy Chris Matthews).
Excerpt: "State TV tells us every day that the rebels are taking one big defeat after the other, but we can see that they are around us, just a few blocks away," said shopkeeper Jamal, in the Damascus Shi'ite neighbourhood of Hay al-Amin. All that stands between the rebels and the old city are a sports stadium being used as a military barracks and an intelligence base…and if the U.S. hits hard, there will be nothing." (If General Dempsey and Congress paid attention, they might not be so timid)
The other thing that has Assad's troops frightened is that Damascus could be cut off from Homs and the coast--the same fear that prompted the huge chemical attack. Despite gains in Homs up to a few weeks ago, Assad's fighters say Homs could fall if cruise strikes bring down beleagued locations from Idlib to Deir Ezzor by hitting the brick factory in Idib, two or three key regime positions in Aleppo, Tabqa Airport, the encircled 17th division in Raquaa and Deir Ezzor Airport. That would release more than 60,000 additional fighters to swamp already beleaguered regime forces who would enjoy enven less air and artillery support.
Generals and journalists overestimate regime strength by overreliance on head counts. Mediocre militia and regime-hating Sunni soldiers (tens of thousands) so unreliable they must be kept unarmed and confined to barracks at gunpoint overnight should not rightly be counted as "regime assets."
CONGRESS TO NORTH KOREA: "FEEL FREE TO INVADE THE SOUTH"
As American turns isolationist, South Korea, Israel, the Persian Gulf Arabs and all Sunni muslims would be nuts to rely on us for security. Only a handful of men in this Congress realize South Korea got invaded in the summer of 1950 shortly after Secretary of State Dean Acheson, declared “Korea is outside our defense perimeter”—a popular position until a few days passed and Stalin, Mao and North Korea took Acheson at his word. Here are five mentally lazy and shortsighted excuses for doing nothing in Syria
Excuse #1: “It’s a civil war.”
How so with Putin, Hezbollah and Khamenei intervening on one side from the start?
Excuse #2: “Those parties don't count as outsiders since they intervened for humanitarian motives.”
Common sense tells us that teaders famous for an Assad-like willingness to stomp their own people would never intervene anywhere for "humanitarian reasons. That goes double if half broke as in Iran's case.
Excuse #3: "Humanitarian motives by themselves are not sufficient grounds for intervention or interventions would be endless.
Agree with the anti-war crowd.
Excuse #4: “No American national security issues are involved in Syria”
Obviously Putin, Assad and Hezbollah see it differently or they wouldn't be there either. Since the last two and Assad have killed thousands of Americans going back to the marine barracks in Lebanon ans since the IRI has repeatedly been caught shipping arms and plastic explosives to Africa and Persian Gulf state insurrections to further insurgencies, I'd suggest an outcome that benefits the above parties hurts US national security interests.
Secondly, everyonce concedes that Obama's failure to act early is what let Assad-hating Syrians become dependent on help where they could get it. So why wouldn't further delay help Al Queda even more? Thirdly, wouldn't action now cut down the chances that sooner or later Al Queda will capture, disperse and hide chemical or bio-weapons? Finally, see the North Korea passage above about the potential consequences of being seen as a new pushover.
Excuse #5: “The rebels are all Al Queda”
A regime claim, no matter how often repeated, does not constitute "fact." Syrian agents using western names dominate internet debates at Yahoo and elsewhere. They do it because repeating a lie and using the "bandwagon technique" works on some folks.
To accept the above argument is to make the ludicrous claim tha everyone who has had his home, business, family, bread lines or crops destroyed by regime bombs still loves Assad because unless they are extremists they have no reason not to. Having wives and children with slit throats, a la Baniyas, or having entire families wiped out with chemical weapons is hardly reason for a normal person to turn against Assad. Only a radical Islamist would hate secular fascism.
ARTICLE: Extreme Islamists attacked two British girls in Zanzibar with the same acid in the Face that Khoumeini’s basilj used to compel Iranian women to wear hijib. The treatment is also popular as a way of dealing with women in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
CONGRESS TO VIEW REGIME CRIMES: President Obama hopes the harrowing videos will convince Congress to support military strike
Prediction: Congess will say, "They are only muslim scum, so who cares?"