Mona Yacoubian says Assad's regime has "already lost." She claims that "Syria does not possess the vast natural resource wealth necessary to sustain itself over a lengthy period as an international pariah":
Not only has Assad's harsh crackdown deprived him of any legitimacy at home, but these brutal tactics — if unabated — will cement his international isolation. Assad's regime may survive the near-term unrest, but ultimately a severely isolated and heavily repressive Syria is unlikely to have any real longevity in the new Middle East.
Here's hoping. But Iran's coup regime, despite pathetic use of its oil resources, is still hanging on. Maybe Assad's real problem is that he cannot even use religion as a tool. It divides his country far more than it does Iran.