Pravda surmises that if Syria’s Bashar al-Assad were to accept Turkey’s demands to cease actions against demonstrators and to welcome free elections that the regime would certainly collapse. Pravda’s Sergei Balmasov writes that the ‘peaceful demonstrators’ are armed with Kalashnikov rifles and that Turkey is actively exacerbating the situation on the ground in order to gain concessions from Syria and/or collapse the regime. Balmasov’s cites Turkey’s actions with NATO forces against Libya’s Muammar Qadaffi, including but not limited to, active deployment of jets in the region as well as declaring Qadaffi illegitimate. Turkey has many reasons to want to impress NATO and members of the EU given its desire to enter into the monetary and political union of greater Europe. That’s another debate, however, far removed from the continuing events that have transpired since the ‘Arab Spring.’ As for whether or not some of the protesters are armed against the regime, it only makes logical sense that some would be armed to fight against the regime thus I cannot take issue with that aspect of the article. There is the implication, however, that these events are being masterminded by foreign powers and that is probably very unlikely, at least initially.