Brahimi’s departure is to a large extent a consequence of President Bashar Assad’s decision to stand again for the presidency in June, which undermines efforts to negotiate a transition in Syria.
But beyond what it means for a negotiated settlement in Syria, Assad’s decision to seek re-election poses a more profound question. In the highly unlikely event that the Syrian president can defeat the uprising against his rule, on what foundations might he build a postwar Syria?
Bashar pretty much destroyed what his father spent decades building up, and now he promises to come back for more.
Bashar seems unperturbed by this, and there are other examples to encourage him in this attitude.
Those countries that have bolstered Bashar, Iran and Russia above all, must be aware that keeping the Syrian president in power is only the first stage.
A Greater Syria scheme sounds preposterous when Bashar has alienated a substantial portion of his population, and all that is left is a regime upholding sectarianism and supported principally by Syria’s minorities.
The Assad regime offers desolation to Syrian society.
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