Syrian Revolutionaries Continue Damascus Operations as Bashar takes to Airwaves

Beleagured President Bashar al-Assad addressed the nation on Sunday, in a “Baghdad Bob” moment, in which he more or less denied he has lost control of much of the country or that most of his countrymen consider him a monster.

Meanwhile, the civil war had raged all around the country. A mortar landed in north Damascus on Saturday, and a car bomb was set off in Bab Tuma, a Christian area downtown Damascus. Dozens were killed or wounded in other violence around the country.

Aljazeera English reports:

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  1. do most of his countrymen consider him a monster?

    my thought has been that his popularity, at least until mid 2012, was a lot higher than western media suggested.

    • Well, his government is losing the civil war, despite vastly outclassing the rebels in military professionalism, firepower, organization, and political organization.

      That seems to suggest that the rebels have a very large base of support.

  2. There usually seem to be two main scripts for end-of-regime times:
    1 – leave/flee, generally with help/strong-urging of a newly ex-friended power
    2 – keep denials going until the rebels break into the palace and slaughter the ruler and (if a possible dynasty) all the ruler’s family.

    So far, it looks as though Assad will go with main script number 2. I am guessing the rebels would really like to get their hands on his wife for her “shopping” ways. She seems to be even more tone deaf than he does and I doubt they would spare her. 50/50 on whether they would kill the son to avoid his return as a third Assad ruler at some time in the future, assuming he was kept there and not moved.

    It all could have been avoided had Assad allowed room to just listen and show his concern in helpful actions. It began so gradually, in bits and pieces of pushing, to oppression and injuries to killings. Violence fueling violence.

    Once the rebels do manage to take over they will probably fight amongst themselves. Anymore the “scripts” seem predictable, not unlike some old television program you used to watch which looks like a parody of itself now but kept you on the edge of your seat way back then (I’m thinking of Mission Impossible, Hawaii 5-O, etc.). Only real life is neither parody nor a script-controlled entertainment, especially not for those killed in the conflict.

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