Paris Attacks Throw Syria’s Assad a Lifeline

November 18, 2015

Zachary Fillingham

Bashar al-Assad, cc Flickr Freedom House, modified,

Last week’s slaughter on the streets of Paris is a geopolitical gamechanger because it shuffled the threat matrix in the Middle East. Whereas Islamic State was once a distant, abstract threat which was primarily the concern of regional actors, now it is a motivated and capable menace that can strike the ‘distant enemy’ much like Al-Qaeda once could. Western populations from the United States to France will adjust their expectations accordingly: ISIS cannot be allowed space to organize and operate, matters of justice and human rights be damned.

The big winner in all this or course is the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.


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