The whole world is watching Syria….and almost every nation in the West has called for Assad to exit stage right…..but he deifies everyone and continues to attack, kill and maim the civilian population……who will broker a deal for this man to leave the country? It should not be the US…personally, I believe it is up to Saudi and Turkey to step in and pressure the guy to leave……
Let’s say Assad finally sees the light and decides to leave…this would be great for the Syrian people and the rest of the world could pat itself on the back……but then there is another question that needs to be asked……who will lead to country?
The Assads have been in power for about 40 years and in that time they have put together a government that is basically coup resistant….a piece written for Reuters….
With the Assad family facing the greatest challenge to its 41-year rule, Syrian security forces killing thousands of protesters and bystanders, and U.S. officials predicting the government will eventually fall, the question of who rules Syria has taken on added urgency.
But there is, in short, no heir apparent. And it is unclear if one will emerge anytime soon.
“The ruling establishment there is so entrenched and it is so self-interested, even if, and this is purely speculative, even if they overthrew Assad, it’s not clear that we would like his successor much more,” said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is no heir apparent.”
Similarly, among the rebels, “there is no opposition figure who has come out and become the face of Syrian resistance,” the official said.
“The Assads have been planning for this for 40 years, for a Sunni uprising against them. And that’s why they’ve poured family members and sectarian members into the top upper ranks. It’s all about loyalty to coup-proof this regime,” said Joshua Landis, a professor at the University of Oklahoma who writes a newsletter on Syrian politics.
I am not saying this butcher should be left in power only that the possibility of a larger civil war could be in the making if and when Assad is forced to leave….with NO clear successor to Assad violence will not subside because of his departure…..