Author/poet Mohja Kahf also believes that "four of the seven major Alawite clans (Nuwaliya, Kalbiya, Haddadiya, and Khayyatiya) issued statements dissociating themselves from the Assads."
Landis, however, disagrees, saying on June 1:
"This cannot be true....I don't know where (Kahf) would have gotten this intelligence. Alawite tribes hardly have any integrity anymore and don't have 'leaders' who can speak for 'the clan' in order to dissociate them from the Assads."
In fact, there's no Nuwaliya tribe or clan. "She undoubtedly means the Numaylatiya" one. It has no known leader. For generations, "tribal affiliation has become quite weak among many Alawis...." It's also unclear "whether an Alawi 'clan' could be an operative social unit in today's political climate."
What is clear are Washington's imperial ambitions to gain an unchallenged chokehold on the Mediterranean Basin and beyond from North Africa through the Middle East into Central Asia, as close as possible to Russia and China's borders, then perhaps target them for regime change.
Post-9/11, America's longstanding 1990s plan was launched, first against Afghanistan, then Iraq and Pakistan, now Libya and Yemen besides covert campaigns in Somalia, Sudan, and elsewhere, heading for confrontations with Syria, more against Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, as well as Iran to remove all independent threats to Washington's dominance. Israel's also as the sole regional hegemon.
Though many Syrians want change, large masses support Assad as evidenced by a March 29 rally Reuters said included "tens of thousands." Others also show internally divided feelings about an authoritarian regime, one, in fact, avoiding sharp social inequality and poverty, unlike Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Tunisia, Jordan, and other regional states.
Not Libya, however, because Gaddafi shared its oil wealth with his people, providing generous social services and jobs for everyone able to work, the reason millions support him against Western intervention.