Nir Rosen, a special correspondent for Al Jazeera’s English service, does a stand-out job this week making sense of his time throughout the past seven weeks on both sides of the ongoing Syrian protests. Mr. Rosen finds that patience is running thin on both sides. A protest movement that started out with fearless nonviolent confrontation of the Bashar al-Assad regime is increasingly using violent attacks, and the government, resorting to increasingly harsh treatment of protestors, is finding that just hasn’t stopped the opposition.
Explaining the new violence in Syria, Mr. Rosen concludes, in this, the second of a series of stories from Syria:
Opposition members feel they have been pushed to violence by a brutal regime that shows itself incapable of or unwilling to fulfill its promises of reform. However, this level of opposition violence cannot overthrow the regime. It does allow the regime to justify its narrative of fighting armed groups. In addition, it allows foreign backers of the regime, such as Russia, to justify their intransigent support for it.