Assad will probably last for at least the rest of 2012 and there is a good chance he will last until March of 2013 (which will mark two whole years of fighting and strife in Syria!) if not the rest of next year. However no one can say or estimate for sure and I'd furthermore contend we need to be lukewarm in trying to gauge such timelines. But we should also be careful what we wish for, whilst one would personally like to see Assad ousted from power and a democratic government come into fruition in Syria one cannot help but to suspect that will not be the case if the current members of the opposition taking up an armed struggle against Assad prevail in the battlefield. I contend this to be the case from simply looking at the pronouncements they've made and policies some of them are trying to implement.
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