Syrians walk past posters of paramilitary candidates for the upcoming elections in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Preparations are under way in Syria for the parliamentary elections slated for May 7, 2012, as the crisis in the country drags on. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi)

Photo by: Bassem Tellawi

Syrians walk past posters of paramilitary candidates for the upcoming elections in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Preparations are under way in Syria for the parliamentary elections slated for May 7, 2012, as the crisis in the country drags on. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi)