It's very conceivable that the Alawia will remain a militarized force for some time. But I disagree that it would be "able to impose its own will on any Syrian regime." The author draws parallels to Iraq and Lebanon, but in both places the Shi'a account for much greater proportions of the population (over half in Iraq, and one-third? in Lebanon). Moreover, in both places there is no history of Shi'a dominance that was violently fought against; there was no Shi'a yoke thrown off before. Finally, while the author makes a big deal about the Iranian backing that this Alawi militia would have, he fails to mention the even greater support that the Sunni have from richer and more powerful nations like Saudi and Qatar. The other side is going to be very strong in this case.
International investigators to probe several cases of Syria chemical attacks (AP)
from the article: United we stand: Post-Assad Syria may not sever ties with Iran
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