As the growing civil conflict in Syria claims more lives each day, commentators are predicting that President Bashar al-Assad's regime is nearing its end.
With the country now in a state of civil war as Assad's forces struggle to maintain control, many are wondering what the future holds for Syria.
Should Assad fall, will the Syrian people continue to suffer during a period of political, social and economic instability.
On Scotland Tonight, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander gave his views.
Mr Alexander believes that foreign powers have to help the Syrian people in their time of need, calling for a "blueprint plan for reconstruction" and that Britain and the UN have to "prepare for a transition period."
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