The militants are pouring into Syria from every corner of the Arab world, with Lebanese, Jordanian, Saudi, Iraqi, Palestinian, Egyptian, and Libyan identities. Some cross because it is a religious duty, but many cross because they are fighting a proxy war on behalf of their funders.
There is no one figure or one family that conjures the image of revenge as does the Assad family. Under its belt are years of terror, death, summary executions, car bombings,Â assassinations, extortion, and torture of so many Arabs from so many different countries to include highly regarded politicians and their families. If you really add the tally, Assad has killed, or caused the killings of tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, Iraqis, Lebanese, Americans, Israelis, Saudis, Yemenis, Egyptians, and Libyans.
As a result, some in the Arab world today have decided to aid the Syrian rebellion against Assad by dispatching their own, quickly formed militias without leaving any trace behind. These militants do not include those Qatar and Saudi Arabia have funded after a nod from the US State Department. They are private armies funded by unknown Arab figures to exact revenge on Assad and his entourage.
Finally, they get their chance to make Assad pay for his barbarity. This is their justice dispensed discreetly, bypassing UN-sponsored investigations, global appeals for their safety, and pressure on the international community to deal with Assad that all delivered naught. With Assad being under so much pressure, they are not about to let him get away with murder again. They all suffered too much not to even consider sending Assad to the same hell he has been administering against the region for 12 years now and before him his father for 30 years.
Those involved in organizing, planning, and funding these militant expeditions into Syria are well knownÂ politicians, Sheikhs, and Emirs who have grown tired of being the subject of pressure, extortion, orÂ outrightÂ murder by either Assad, the Iranian regime, or Hezbollah. Very few people know this fact and no one ever discusses it in any public forum; many western governments have mostly ignored it, with the exception of Jabhat al-Nusra, because it serves the interests of everyone to see Assad weakened and removed from power. Jabhat al-Nusra is unlike the other militants because, in my opinion, extremist religious Saudis, outside the scope of normal controls, funded it. A reminder of what led to 9/11.
When the US did not interfere, Assad believed he could pull this off and survive. This is when the chickens came home to roost. Having learned from Assad and Iran who dispatched their own militant terror against Iraq, these Arab leaders started planning and organizing their own militants who are pouring into Syria today in greater and greater numbers as their training, arming, and funding accelerate.
Assad will not survive no matter how much Iran, Hezbollah, or Russia try to save him. The sheer number of those willing to risk their lives and those willing to fund militants against Assad is superior to any effort any country can lend to Assad. That is why Russia is beginning to see the lights dimming on Assad and this is why it is a question of time before the civil war in Syria, partially fought by courageous Syrians in pursuit of freedom and partially fought by proxy Arabs, yields a final winner in the Syrian people over ruins that will be added to the Assad”™s legacy as his crowning achievement.