In the closing months of World War II, Adolf Hitler went into a bunker located in Berlin to control final battles of his army against advancing Allied forces. President Bashar al-Assad has retreated into a mental bunker from which he issues orders that lack any connection to reality. He has convinced himself the Arab League, and Western nations are engaged in a plot to destroy his power in Syria. He told the London Sunday Times: “the conflict will continue and the pressure to subjugate Syria will continue. Syria will not bow down.” Naturally, his enemies are thugs and gangsters and agents of Mossad or some Western nation.
Even as he spoke, Syrian rebels fired the first shot inside Damascus. Two rocket grenades hit headquarters of the Baath party. There was slight damage and no one was killed. The real question is: are we witnessing opening shots in what might eventually become civil war in Syria?