Analysis World Awaits Assad's Head, but Syrian President Is Hell-bent on War of Attrition

Though even Russia has signaled it will cooperate in deposing Assad, the president seems to have made a strategic decision to press on with a campaign that has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians.

Like astrologers waiting for their predictions to come true, the West is analyzing every sign that might indicate the imminent downfall of President Bashar Assad. Take, for example, Thursday's firing of Scud missiles by the Syrian army in Western eyes an augur of the conflict's final phase.