"...the security forces killed the would-be bomber, who had 1,200kg (2,640lb) of explosives in the car. On Thursday, 55 people died in the two Damascus blasts near a military intelligence building. Syrian officials say "foreign-backed terrorists" carried out the twin suicide car-bomb attacks." BBC
The Obama administration, pre-occupied with its re-alection and the need to sooth its financial backers, continues to support the neocon policy position that all anti-establishment revolution is good in the Arab and Islamic worlds.
The simple truth that there are not and will not be governments in the ME made up of "good guys" seems beyond the reach of "scholars" at AEI and WINEP as well as members of the Foreign Service.
What we have in Syria is revolutionary civil war waged by the forces of salafist Sunni Islam against the forces of the Alawis, the Druze and the Christians. In this civil war the Sunni salafists are backed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the US, US media and I suppose Israel in some underhanded way. Iran backs the Assad government, and Iraq is edging its way closer toward the position of the Mullocracy in Teheran.
The war has not been going well for the Sunni insurgents. Assad and company are not willing to surrender to the UN or anyone else since they know that they will be put down like the proverbial dogs if they do.
Logically, the Sunni salafists have now resorted to the kind of large scale terror that has characterized the last ten years in the greater ME.
Let us call terror, terror. pl