There are good reasons why there is opposition and armed opposition to Syria's Alawite dictatorship. But I believe Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are also getting stronger. The longer it takes the Assad regime to fall the stronger would be the terrorist part of the opposition . This in addtion to the slaughter of civilians by the hundreds each month must be in all nation's mind, including the Chinese and the Russians!
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