The Assad regime faces a new Arab uprising.
Erdogan was right. Foreign tolerance for Assad will mean nothing if a majority of Syrians unites against his leadership. The president might recall what his wife, Asma, said in a recent Vogue profile. She urged her countrymen to engage in "active citizenship," as she put it. "It's about everyone taking shared responsibility in moving this country forward. … We all have a stake in this country; it will be what we make it." It will indeed, but conceivably without the Assads.
Michael Young is opinion editor of the Daily Star newspaper in Beirut and author of The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle, which the Wall Street Journal listed as one of its 10 standout books for 2010.
Photograph of Bashar Assad by Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images.