The problem with most of the proposals for intervention now under consideration is that they either lack teeth or have no real prospects for implementation. Moreover, it seems likely that the political situation in Syria will continue to deteriorate as the fragmented nature of the opposition asserts itself. There are at least eight groups that now comprise the opposition, with none of them able to agree on aims or tactics. Without a sharp shift in Syrian middle class support away from the regime in tandem with coordinated regional and international support, the opposition stands little chance of gaining ground in the near term.
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