Saturday, March 17, 2018

Syria: It would all be over by now without the ‘regime-changers’

Protesters gather near the Omari Mosque in the southern old city of Deraa, March 22, 2011

It was seven years ago this week that the conflict in Syria began. How might it have developed without the negative role played by Western powers and their regional allies? 
 
Beware the Ides of March, the old saying goes. The 15th of March down the ages has seen not only the assassination of Julius Caesar and the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia; it was also the day, in 2011, that the conflict in Syria began.



According to the standard narrative, it was the intransigence and brutality of the Assad government (always referred to as a ‘regime’) that plunged Syria into chaos. But while it’s true that there was genuine discontent with the government for a number of valid reasons seven years ago, the divisions within Syria could have been overcome without much bloodshed, had certain countries not worked to sabotage any peaceful solutions to the crisis.
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