posted on Jul, 20 2012 @ 11:09 AM
Juan Ricardo Cole is a public intellectual, prominent blogger and essayist, and the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the
University of Michigan. He offers an interesting analysis on the curret events in Syria.
1. It demonstrates that the rebels have sympathizers in high positions within the regime. The bomb had to have been planted by an insider. This
situation reminds me of the American dilemma in Vietnam, where we now know that many high-ranking Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) officers were
in fact sympathizers with the Communists and basically double agents.
2. It follows upon this conclusion that the al-Assad regime is unlikely to be able to emulate the Algerian military, which crushed the Islamic
Salvation Front in a brutal civil war from 1992 through the early zeroes of the present century. Some 150,000 Algerians are said to have died in the
dirty war, with atrocities on both sides. But when the smoke cleared, the junta was still in control, and its favored secular civilians were in
office. In all that time, the Muslim fundamentalist opposition never laid a glove on any of the high officials or officers. But the Algerian elite
closed ranks against the Islamic Salvation Front, having a cultural set of affinities and a common source of patronage in the state-owned oil and gas
sector. If the rebels in Syria can reach into the Security HQ this way, and assassinate the highest security officials of the regime, that ability
does not augur well for Bashar al-Assad’s ability to win the long game, as his counterparts did in Algeria.