The tide could be shifting in Syria, but there are lessons in recent history

A bombing that targeted high-ranking Syrian military officials further weakened the government of President Bashar amonthl-Assad and gave hope to the rebels that the tide was beginning to turn in its favor. Several Assad allies were killed in the assault.

Evidence that Assad’s grip on power was tenuous was further seen in reports from Israeli officials that Syria had moved to shift forces away from the Golan Heights to handle insurgents within its borders.

However, as noted by the Christian Science Monitor, there were similar celebrations and declarations of liberty in the early days of the Arab Spring. Simply look to Egypt as an example of the danger of premature judgment.

The developments came as the United Nations delayed a plan vote in the Security Council because there were disagreements on a portion of the resolution which could open the door to potential use of force.

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