The tide does seem to have turned in the long war between Assad's forces and a motley, but increasingly potent, insurgency. What explains China and Russia's decision to back a regime that's begun to look like it's living on borrowed time?
The failure to renew the diplomatic mission being led by Kofi Annan (with its associated group of observers) is no great loss. The peace plan under which Annan was operating had and has no chance of being accepted.
The suicide attack Wednesday that killed Syria's defense minister and other top military officials, could not have been better timed to shake Russia's leaders out of their go-slow complacency toward forcing an end to the fighting there.
It has been in the making, as consistently predicted in this blog, and now it is finally happening. The Sunni uprising against the Alawite-dominated regime of Bashar Assad is fast approaching the point of decision.