Bashar al-Assad's soldiers have killed more than seventy demonstrators today, amid an outpouring of justifiable hatred toward the Ba'athist regime. If this were Egypt, this would be the end of the regime, but it's not Egypt. The Syrian military remains loyal to Bashar (or, at the very least, fearful of what would come after Bashar), the Alawite minority, which gave the world the Assad family, is, for reasons of self-interest, still behind the regime, and other minority groups are fearful of what might come after Bashar, which is to say, a regime that would quite possibly be dominated by Sunni extremists.

Bashar might be able to stick around for a while, but the mask is off. He is a monster.

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