How long can Hezbollah provide the shock troops to spearhead Syrian army offensives?
Lebanon’s militant Shiite Hezbollah organization has begun sending fighters as young as 16 to the battlefields of Syria, an indication that the Shiite army is being stretched between fighting Sunni jihadis in Syria and a desire to keep a cutting edge in reserve for a possible future showdown with Israel.
Sending kids means that Hezbollah is evolving from the trained spearhead to mere cannon fodder.
And if the mostly Iraqi Shia foreign legion that Iran set up is going home to fight the Islamic State in Iraq, who will spearhead Assad's offensives?
The war against Assad is not lost. His side could break first under the strain of heavy casualties and the prospect of endless war.