Syrian Leftists and Shiite Islamists Among those on Regime Side
A Marxist-Leninist Alawite militia that calls itself the Syrian Resistance is just one of several groups that are fighting to keep Syria's dictator in power. The pro-Assad coalition is astonishingly diverse.
The article is informative and interesting; but it ignores a simple fact--namely, that Assad is supported by practically all of Syria's secular Muslims and the country's Christian community, which correctly fears annihilation in the event of a Sunni Islamist victory.
Fact is, there isn't a single secular rebel brigade.
The Western-instigated and -inflamed Islamist insurrection in Syria is of a piece with the US-NATO-backed Islamist takeover of Libya.