Why No World Power Really Wants To Topple Syria’s Assad

A crowd in central Damascus waves flags and portraits in support of President Bashar Assad on Monday, two days after the U.S., Britain and France carried out airstrikes. The photo was released by the official Syrian news agency SANA.

The Syrian leader has few friends. Yet after seven years of devastating war in his country, he’s in a position of relative strength and there’s no realistic alternative to his continued rule.

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