The Assad regime is acting in total accordance with how the socialist regimes of the Soviets and Nazis acted against their own. It’s taken straight out of the socialist playbook. If they’re ruthless enough and thoroughly control the army, any public insurrection will be crushed.
Like in Romania as in Egypt, the army didn’t exert total control and it ended with the leader being removed, and in Ceausescu’s case,executed. Like Barry Rubin has said earlier, and the Tundra Tabloids backs his analysis, if the Bashar Assad’s Alawite regime is overthrown, it’s their backs against the wall and bang, bag, bang. KGS
Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire on protesters
Witnesses claim soldiers who disobeyed orders in Banias were shot by security services as crackdown on protests intensifies
It’s no surprise to me that this despotic dictator would use his ‘Secret Police’ or palace guard to execute anyone who is not toeing the line. Years back if I recall many thousands were eliminated by the regime in Syria.
That’s right Big Frank, the city of Hama was leveled and the people that didn’t manage to get away, all butchered. The other side of the coin is, the people who were revolting were the Muslim Brotherhood, the same group in Egypt, who are as ruthless and tyrannical as the Assad regime, it looks like the people have little to choose from there, the best and the brightest, those who are true western minded, have fled the country.