Still, the two incidents are rather significant and quite ominous on two counts: the incompetence and corruption of the local authorities seem to lie at the heart of both incidents, and, in both cases, local authorities seem to be acting completely on their own, serving the interests of their various local leaders and being given a free hand by the central authorities.
Both the center and the periphery in the country are equally corrupt and incompetent and the people are left to fend on their own and their frustration is mounting. Their occasional outbursts of anger have so far been contained with ease, but one cannot but wonder as to the well-nigh inevitability of reaching a certain breakpoint/boiling-point/end-and-beginning-point when everything will come to a head.
This is where the Assads are leading us. Our own little road to hell is being paved to us as we speak. This is another reason why the Assads must go.