I've also been thinking about the possibility of a catastrophe of the type "genocide against the Alawites". At the moment I think it's better not to give in to religious fascists, but rather to continue fighting for a diplomatic solution and a secular Syria. If this can be brought about, and if security requires it, you can still think of federal structures, which assure both some cultural freedom and stately coherence. For the breakup of states doesn't make the diplomatic landscape easier either. (Although of course I don't know if the aim of maintaining peace in a complex world is an aim shared by a larger number of people.) We've seen this after the end of the Soviet Union with those conflicts in Chetchnya and Georgia, or on the Balkans. But I'm not altogether sure: We're talking about a region where the differences of narratives, belief and tradition seem to be hardly countered by the awareness that humans have something in common or by the relation to a shared landscape.
Army: Blast in Korean DMZ wounds two South Korean soldiers (Reuters)
from the article: Time to put an Alawite state on the map