The democracy movement in Syria is a grassroots, largely social-media driven effort that we should aggressively support, short of direct military intervention. The current Assad regime is doing what Assad's father did in 1982, when he killed over 25,000 of his own people. This Assad has robbed his country blind, and has gotten help from Iran to murder his own people to stay in power with his mafia–like, totally corrupt organization. In addition, Assad has for years supported various terrorist factions in the region. However, as the situation worsens for them, Assad and his cronies are making escape plans.
How to speed up his departure? There are a range of options that can be undertaken separately or in combination:
The popular revolution in Syria is a continuation of last year's "Arab Spring", and can only work to the benefit of democracy movements everywhere—we should do everything short of direct military intervention to support it.
About Daniel J. Gallington Senior Policy and Program Adviser at the George C. Marshall Institute
Aaron David Miller Former Adviser to Republican and Democrat Secretaries of State
Brian Katulis Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress
Jamie M. Fly Former Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council
Ammar Abdulhamid Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
James Robbins Senior Fellow at the the American Foreign Policy Council