Assad and Putin are playing us for fools

Russia and Syria’s Assad regime are “playing us for fools”, says Roger Boyes in The Times. “Chemical disarmament, a decision foisted on Assad by a suddenly co-operative Kremlin, seemed to do everyone a favour.” It saved face in Britain and America, where there was no appetite for a military strike. However, it also extended Assad’s political life and increased Moscow’s influence in the region.

Assad has just missed a deadline on New Year’s Eve for chemical disarmament and nothing has been solved: militarily, Assad is still holding the line, and his argument that the “only alternative to him is [...]

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