Is 'Qaddafi Treatment' Being Readied Against Assad?
March 21, 2012 • 7:30AM

Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of Lebanon's Al-Akhbar, suggests that the Syrian regime's "frustrated foreign enemies," recognizing that their strategies to overthrow the Assad government are no closer, if not being even farther from their goal than they were one year ago when the crisis began, are reviewing their plans, and among the other means under consideration is assassination. Al-Amin writes:

"Among the options said to be under discussion by these countries and which other capitals have warned against, is action to persuade senior officers to mount a coup against the regime, or to make them feel personally under threat. It also seems that the insane among the Syrian regime's enemies have started contemplating insane actions, namely, getting rid of Assad personally.

"Do they think assassinating Assad will give them a chance to take hold of Syria?," he asks.

Al-amin reviews the situation on the ground, which has led to these plans being discussed by those he rightly calls insane. The Syrian regime and its leaders have shown no sign of collapse, the pro-regime camp not only holding together but becoming more hardline, as they view the military, political, economic, and propaganda assault as targetting Syria itself, and not just the regime. The opposition rejects all dialogue with the regime, and is becoming increasing virulent against all.

"A third group, which grows in size by the day, fears for Syria," he writes. "This includes people who refuse to be asked where they stand. They are no longer prepared to get into a debate about who is right and who is wrong. Their concern is for the country's unity and stability, and that priority overrides all others, even while they concur that this view ultimately works to the advantage of the regime at present. Moreover, many Syrians who used to support the uprising for change have stepped back because of their abhorrence of the behavior of opposition groups, whether the armed groups inside Syria, or the offshore opposition groups that are trying to summon foreign military intervention in the country, without concern for the potentially catastrophic consequences of such a step," he writes.