Fascinating stuff: Tony of Across the Bay
, with a brief assist from Josh Landis, seems to think
that Bashar Assad has total (or near-total) control of the goings-on in Syria, that it would be nearly impossible
for him not to have known about Rafiq Hariri's assassination beforehand, and that Bashar is a "mediocre strategist" interested only in maintaining "wealth and status" for his cronies. Tony's been building this case for days and it sure looks
convincing, though obviously I'm not in any position to dispute it.