Rather than getting directly involved in the conflict, the United States has concentrated on the day after Assad falls.
One day apart, North Korea launched a long-range missile to much fanfare, and the Assad regime fired Scud missiles on the rebels.
“Assad must be very happy by now,” an activist in Damascus, who uses the pseudonym Lena, says.
Both want to see Iran weakened, neither wants to see Assad last, and neither want to see the Brotherhood or al Qaeda take control.
Its long-term priority, understandably, is to bring Assad down, then send the refugees home.
His father, Assad, as in duty bound, made a great feast in honour of the returned prodigal.
Huseyn has sent two men with us, Assad, his head man, and another.
Verily thou wilt be a dafadar, or maybe a jamadar, before Sherdil, son of Assad.
Assad and Salman were just saying good-bye, for they had to go back to Melakh.
Far away on the borders of the desert, she will find peace with Assad.