- Baathist repression over four decades has taken its toll .
- Religious radicals have long been the biggest threat to syria 's baathist government and its secular socialism .
- One is led by iyad allawi , a keenly secular shia and former baathist who was a prime minister after the fall of saddam hussein .
- Yet another kind of baathist threat does exist .
- Today , however , authoritarian baathist rule isn 't looking all that insurmountable anymore .