What is hilarious about this article is that it starts with the standard Western cliche: that Bashshar Al-Asad has only stayed in power by virtue of foreign support: "Despite widespread opposition to his rule, a combination of factors has enabled Mr. Assad to persevere, analysts say. His foes have remained divided and have failed to convince many Syrians, especially religious minorities, that they would protect their rights or run the country better than Mr. Assad." Yet, by the end of the article--and in passing of course--he made another realization: "But Mr. Assad still has significant support in areas he controls, including among many Syrians who want the war to end and see no alternative to his rule." Which is which, Ben? Make up your mind.