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The Great Cauldron Bubbles…

The Reform Party of Syria, the good guys in that sad corner of the world, reported a few minutes ago that a wave of arrests is going on in the country’s major cities.  It seems a large number of military officers have been rounded up, along with the usual civilian suspects.  RPS stresses that the targets do not seem to be Islamists (read:  Muslim Brotherhood).   It’s apparently a serious matter since tanks and armored personnel carriers were deployed in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Deir el-Zour.  As RPS points out,

 Baschar al-Assad has traveled outside Syria in the last few weeks after refusing to leave the country for at least six months for fear that in his absence someone will mount a coup. Given how extensive the raids of last week were, Assad without a doubt will re-assess his military by ordering a clamp down that will inevitably hurt the morale of his generals and army officers.

  Machiavelli reminds us that tyranny is the most unstable form of government, and the Mideast is a dangerous place for them these days.  Despite the often feckless performance of our leaders, there are many revolutionary forces at work.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...


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