(CNN) - If you're watching Tripoli from Damascus and your name is Bashar al-Assad, you're very nervous.
Only a few months ago, who would have thought that Moammar Gadhafi would go down this way? Then again, who would have thought that Hosni Mubarak would wind up in a hospital bed in a courtroom cage?
If you are a dictator be nervous, next is Iran....o.k, may be you are not yet in the line....so behave good...it is Ahmadinejad, not you.....o.k,
We need to quit getting into fights all over the world and bring most of our armed forces home. Afghanistan was lost when Bush took us into Iraq. We need the Army and Marines on our southern border, fighting the armed invasion by Mexican drug lords and we need the Navy patrolling our shores to keep the drug runners at bay. Let the rest of the world take care of itself or not.
It appears that President Obama's "Yes We Can" battlecry has resonated in all four corners of the world.
Si Se Puede!!
Maybe he's next? Maybe treating other human beings with dignity instead of killing them off if they don't agree with you is the better road to take? Makes sense to me, but then what do I know.
Western governments should focus on Northern Africa. With Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, there is the potential to form a consistent, pro-democracy, pro human rights beachhead across the southern Mediterranean Sea.
While 3 different countries cultures need to be respected, there can be a common foundation that works to America's interests.
I doubt Assad is going anywhere voluntarilty and that anybody is going to start bombing Syria in support of the demonstrators. Assad looks to be in a much better position to maintain his hold on power. Calls for him to step down are wishful thinking.