Free healthcare and subsidized housing are provided. In 2006, IMF structural adjustment mandates compromised them. Conflict conditions since March 2011 affects all government services.
Most Syrian banks are public. They're state owned and operated, including its central bank. They're anathema to Wall Street-style debt finance. They're run like Gaddafi ran Libya's. They create their own money. They're not controlled by Western bankers.
Syria, Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Palestine are the last remaining independent governments free from Washington's control. Replacing them with puppet regimes is planned.
Since March 2011, Western generated violence ravaged Syria. Many thousands died. No end in sight looks imminent. Full-scale war appears likely.
Syrian forces are formidable. A well-armed defense force numbers around 400,000. It has state-of-the-art weapons. Defeating it won't be easy.
Western proxies alone are no match for its military superiority. Expect Washington-led NATO involvement. Doing so will constitute Libya 2.0. With or without Security Council approval, it's coming.
Expect it post-November or perhaps sooner. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. It's been planned that way for some time. Imperialism isn't pretty. Millions of corpses explain why. America's permanent war policy assures many more. Where it ends who knows.
On September 17, Reuters headlined "West's rebel worries leave Syria strategy struggling." It's beset by internal divisions. Each acts in its own behalf. They can't get their act together.
They formed a new body called the Syrian National Army (SNA). It hopes to unite fractious groups. It looks more like old wine in new bottles. General Mohammed Hussein al-Haj Ali heads it. Disunity in the ranks perhaps makes his mission impossible.
Washington, NATO partners, and regional allies support the Syrian National Council (SNC). Originally formed in 2005, it was revived in August 2011. It was established on lines similar to Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC).
It's considered a government in waiting. At the same time, it's chaotic, sectarian, and hard to control. Some of its meetings dissolved into fisticuffs.
Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters may be unified in little more than name. SNA elements may fare no better. They're heavily supported with heavy weapons, funding, training and direction.
Assad is wrongly blamed for its violence. The so-called UN Human Rights Council (HRC) lost all credibility. It backed Western generated violence since conflict erupted in winter 2011.
On September 10, Navi Pillay , its high commissioner, said the following:
"I am gravely concerned by the on-going conflict in Syria, which continues to have devastating consequences on civilians. The use of heavy weapons by the Government and the shelling of populated areas have resulted in high numbers of civilian casualties, mass displacement of civilians inside and outside the country and a devastating humanitarian crisis."
"I am concerned that they may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity."