Bashar al-Assad may be gearing up to create an Alawite statelet along Syria’s coastal mountains. And he has the means to do it.
Haven’t checked counter-views. But assertions are:
- Assad has been preparing by clearing threatening Sunni pockets in and around Alawite homeland.
- He can preserve and use chemical weapons to protect that mini Alawite state (deterrence)
Viability of such mini-state might not be very promising - but it is a scenario.