He hopes Syria won't be another Afghanistan or Iraq. He prays for a miracle to save his country.
If Assad is ousted, many Syrians worry what's next. Potential Islamofascist governance assures continuation of what's now ongoing.
Raging Libyan violence reflects it. Syria's turn perhaps is next. Washington bears full responsibility. It planned violent regime change years ago.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad's recent comment offered hope, saying:
"The government is strong. The Syrian army is strong, and the Syrian people are still rallying behind President Assad. That's why President Assad and the political system are still surviving and they will still survive."
Hopefully the fullness of time will prove him right. Daily violence casts a pall over Syria's future.
Iran and others warn that offensive Patriot missiles in Turkey on Syria's border threaten possible global war. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cancelled a planned Ankara visit. He condemned a dangerous provocation.
Tehran's armed forces chief of staff, General Hassan Firouzabadi, called each missile "a black dot on the map." They head events toward global conflict.
"This is very dangerous for everyone," he stressed, "and even for the future of Europe." They'll be installed in January. Offensive provocations may follow.
On December 14, NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis accused Assad of firing scud missiles inside Syria. Several landed close to Turkey's border, he claimed.
Damascus denounced alleged attacks as false. Syrian authorities called reports provocative and untrue.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited US forces at Turkey's Incirlik Air Base. Washington shares it. He said Patriot batteries can shoot down aircraft and short-range missiles.
Deploying them, he claimed, will "help Turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very well need to deal with the threats coming out of Syria."
None exist. He knows it. He's fooling no one. Patriot batteries are provocative. Installing them is for offense, not defense. Doing so heightens risks. In place, they'll likely be used. Full-scale intervention may follow.
Deputy NATO Secretary-General Jesper Vahr warned Syria that "messing with Turkey means messing with NATO." He barely stopped short of declaring war. Doing it perhaps is imminent. Events bear close watching. Post-holiday season may prove most threatening.
Michel Chossudovsky suggests possible "military escalation" and "Russia-US confrontation."