@adam @ash Contrast that with Libya, where Gaddafi's cronies started defecting left and right when the regime's grip on power began to loosen. Paradoxically, if Assad was a Sunni, this regime would have collapsed 5 years ago because opportunism and self-preservation would have caused a rash of defections, like what happened in Libya.
@ash @adam Assad was only 5 when his dad seized power, so he was groomed/brainwashed from a very early age. Also, the Assads are Alawites, and the regime's senior leadership is dominated by Alawites. They have held the regime together by relying on the belief that Sunnis would slaughter every Alawite in Syria if the regime fell. They see this as a war for survival. That's why there have been so few defections, even when Assad's position was weaker.
The number of #mastodon users has passed the 200,000 mark. And the beauty of it is that we have no way of knowing who exactly was user no. 200,000.
@morris I would say "join the club", but I think your toot serves to automatically add you to the club.
@guretsugu Ah, got it. Thanks. Is there a way to set up custom views (i.e., only users I follow, only users who follow me, only users who I follow and who follow me, etc)?
Is it possible to see a timeline of only the users you follow (or the users who follow you)? #mastodon
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