Whenever he needs them, Assad’s allies are there for him. Well, they are there for their interests really. But their interests dictate that he should stay. Judging from the kind of support, moderate rebels, and before them the nonviolent pro-democracy activsits have received from their “allies” rebels, we are forced to conclude that their interests also demand Assad’s survival, and probably even, the breakup of Syria. Well, the deed is done. Bravo. Now, we have another Middle Eastern Diaspora that we need to cater to. The early waves of “immigrants” from Syria assimilated all too well in their host countries, to the point where their origins no longer matter. The challenge will be to prevent such a development from taking place again, without falling too much into victory mentality and ghettoization. But, early signs indicate that we will fail in this challenge as well. No, Syrian refugees will not forget where they come from this time around, but most will live in ghettos, and rather than except, they might settle down all too comfortably in the role of victims. I want to be wrong in this prediction. I have to be wrong in this prediction.