London and Washington have had their positions on Syria thrown into disarray by the entry of Russia into the conflict, so much so that they have been forced to soften one of their primary stated goals: removing Bashar al-Assad from power.
The idea that the Assad regime will eventually give in to international pressure and agree to some sort of political transition is fanciful.Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
Most Syrians want Assad to go, but he will not agree to this, and the political establishment around him will not allow him to go even if he wanted to.Dr. Azeem Ibrahim