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Will car bombings save Assad?

Will car bombings save Assad?

It’s easy to come up with conspiracy theories for any bombing, but the two car bombings in Syria in restricted areas have raised suspicions that it was a set-up by the Assad regime to rally public support and set both Arab governments and the West back on their heels:

It also would justify an upcoming crackdown which has been in the works:

Thousands of mourners carrying Syrian flags and pictures of the dead took part in a mass funeral Saturday for 44 people killed in twin suicide bombings that targeted intelligence agency compounds in Damascus….

The opposition, meanwhile, grew fearful that the regime was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the bombings to move in military reinforcements and prepare for a massive assault on key activist areas in central Syria. Shelling in the city of Homs on Saturday killed at least three people in the Baba Amr district and set several homes and shops ablaze, activists said.

“We believe this is in preparation for a large-scale attack,” said Bassam Ishak, secretary-general of the Syrian National Council opposition group.

It’s all very suspcious, but at this point, just suspicious.

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It could be al Qaeda or the Brotherhood, but it’s awfully convenient for the Assad regime. They’ve staged “incidents” before, notably during the furor over the Muhammad cartoons, which lead to a wholly staged “popular attack” on embassies in Damascus. I’d put my money on this being another false flag operation.

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