For the record I despise the Assad dictatorship ( who wouldn't unless you are the dictator
The PDF file(s) of the corresponding article (article in Arabic):
It is unfortunate that in-spite of all the wars (and civil wars) in that region no one accepts the principle of separation of religion and state except dictatorship regimes!
These are just few facts worth knowing.
The new Leica S2 is an interesting leap with a 37.5 megapixel CCD, a larger sensor (56% larger than 35mm full-frame). http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08092301_leica_s2.asp
With higher MP, you will need higher optics or switch to medium format cameras.