Some 17,000 Syrians have been killed since the Syrian uprising about a year and half ago, including the 7,000 killed between my last post on the Assad regime and this one.
The latest news is that four senior members of Assad's inner circle including the defence minister and Assad's own brother-in-law have been killed in a bomb attack in Damascus. This is the closest the fight against the Assad regime has come to toppling it.
Is this to be Assad's last days?
The trouble with modern day dictators and madmen is that they still believe they are invincible. And it is this belief that will lead to their inevitable downfall if not death and certain ignominy.
You can only continue to suppress your people for a certain length of time these days. With modern technology of instant communication across vast distances your tanks and helicopters won't help to maintain your power for if you use them against your own citizens.
As far as I am concerned, UN special envoy Kofi Annan should stop wasting his time trying to hammer out a political solution to the Syrian crisis. As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts on the matter, the 6-point plan was as good as still-born.
No use to try another political solution. Assad had already crossed the Rubicon and checked into Hotel California and there is no way to check out.
There was time enough but Assad, like all modern day dictators and madmen, thought that tanks and helicopters would keep him in power.