Middle East Notes and Comment: Getting Syria Right
April 20, 2012
It has been a bad year for Middle Eastern dictators. Several have lost power or died trying to keep it, despite efforts to avoid a common fate.
So far, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has had better luck. His government remains entrenched, and the opposition to it remains divided and weak. Change took days or months in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. In Syria, it may take years, even though it is likely to happen.