Thursday, September 5, 2019

Assad’s hollow victory

In Syria, Bashar al-Assad is engaged in a murderous assault on the last province to withstand him. Against all odds, he has won the struggle against the uprising. But it is a hollow victory
   
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  Our cover this week features Syria, where Bashar al-Assad is engaged in a murderous assault on Idlib, the last province to withstand him. Against all odds, he has won the struggle against the uprising. But it is a hollow victory. Far from bringing order to his country, Mr Assad has displaced half its population. Eight years of civil war have destroyed the economy and cost 500,000 lives. Mr Assad has nothing good to offer his people. They will be wretched and divided. He will govern by fear and brutality. For as long as he clings to power, he will stoke regional strife and jihadist terrorism that will be felt far beyond Syria's borders.  
 
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