In the current revolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria has become ground zero. Having overthrown the governments of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the Brotherhood is now taking advantage of the political and religious conflicts that have seriously weakened the Damascus regime of Bashar al Assad.
From the Turkish border on the north to the Sea of Galilee on the south, Syria ranges about four hundred miles along the eastern Mediterranean shores and the Lebanon border. By all accounts, it is now in a death spiral, wracked by atrocities – spasms of reaction by Assad against his own innocent citizens. During May and June, men, women and children were being slain by government forces as a warning not to repeat the revolutions of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Yet the uprisings continue, and amidst their swirling fires, political alliances have lurched through a variety of coalitions and power plays.