The Druse cannot bet on the still-fragmented Syrian opposition to protect them.
In March 2011, two days before massive protests erupted in Syria,
President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma paid a visit to the southern
province of Suwayda, the country's Druse heartland. On the surface, the
purpose of their visit was to check up on a development project for
villages suffering from a drought. That Assad would visit Suwayda when a
revolution was brewing in neighboring Deraa should have raised
eyebrows; knowing that the Druse fronted historic rebellions in Syria,
such as the Great Revolution (1925-1927) against the French, could Assad
have been worried that this community could turn against him?
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