Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Russia and China for obstructing efforts to restore some semblance of law and order in Syria. As she noted, “I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all-nothing at all-for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.” She warned that both nations eventually will “pay the price” for aiding a cut throat monster like Assad to retain power and continue killing his own people.
Even as Clinton spoke, General Manaf Tlas of the Republican Guard in Syria fled the country along with dozens of soldiers. He was an important officer in a elite unit and he now joins a few dozen former Syrian officers who are in exile. Is it possible that some key members of the Assad inner circle are now circling around to find a way out of their dilemma being linked to a dictator?