Not that this fact is widely celebrated in Western media, but it should be more obvious by the day that Assad enjoys massive popular support.
Tony Badran is one of the more frequent commentators we see on American television when it comes to Syria. We are generally not informed that Tony gets his bread buttered at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy by the American taxpayer.
Tony is what we euphemistically refer to as a "democracy activist."
Nevertheless, Tony was spot-on in some of his early analyses of what we now refer to as the "Syria crisis."
Unfortunately, Tony and virtually every other pundit grossly underestimated the popular support for Assad.
Popular support... isn't that the essence of democracy?