posted on Sep, 10 2013 @ 12:15 PM
So although it isn't yet a done deal and anything can happen, it would appear that Syria's willingness to essentially give-up its chemical weapons
will stop (at least for now) a military strike on the Assad regime. This development clearly advantages Assad and disadvantages the opposition. Now
whether you believe the opposition is self-motivated to evict the current Syrian government or that their actions were fomented and are being aided by
some behind-the-scenes political block is, for the most part, immaterial. What we know is that the recent developments shift the advantage.
Most of us, lacking any solid evidence to the contrary, believe that the chemical attacks were perpetrated by opposition or opposition-aligned people
in order to draw-in the West. If that's true, and they were willing to gas their own people in order to attempt to gain an ersatz military ally, it
seems improbable that they'll just take the defeat on the chin and go back to business-as-usual. The ante has been upped.
There is an apparently large and seemingly ruthless group that is hell-bent on bringing down the Syrian regime. They clearly can't do it on their
own and they recognize that or would not have carried out this brutal ploy. My question to the ATS brain-trust is what's next? What will their next
move be in order to gain a military advantage in what, as of late, is beginning to be a losing cause? The opposition is being increasingly painted as
brutal, soul-less terrorists. It's going to be difficult to convince most nations to support them. If they are cornered, as they now may well be,
how will they react?