Rifaat to return
The butcher of Hama, Rifaat Al-Assad is planning a return.
Bashar's uncle, who was kicked out of the country a decade ago is said to be planning his return. He was responsible for the Hama massacre which killed 20,000 people in 1982.
Soon after the massacre his brother, President Hafez Al-Assad went to hospital. Rifaat spread rumours that Hafez was on his death bed, and Rifaats militias took to the streets of Damascus to ferment a coup.
He failed. Hafez came out of hospital and threw him out of the country. He was let back in in the 1990s, but caused trouble again and was kicked out for a second time.
Since his exile, he has lived in Spain, and his son has run anti-Bashar propoganda station, the 'Arab News Network' (ANN).
Now, he is said to have met close associates of Bush, as well as conjuring up Mohammed Saddiq - the Syrian 'witness' who said that he defected from Syria with proof that Syria was behind the Hariri murder.
The US's former head of anti-terrorism, Yossef Bodansky, announced Rifaat as Syria's next President earlier this week.
It could be political posturing, and a way of upping the pressure on Damascus. But more likely, it'll show that the US is more interested in exapanding its control - even if it means using warlords like Rifaat - than spreading democracy.
Rifaat has gained dubious support. From Faird Ghadry - the Washington based 'opposition' leader unknown in Syria. He said "If Rifaat Assad wants to help Syria and wants to be part of a democratic process then let him say so."