Syria’s War on Screen: An Exchange
Idrees Ahmad: He uses cynicism as a scythe to effect a moral leveling, declaring the regime no worse than its opponents. Robert Worth: To recognize facts is not to practice “false equivalence.” And to deny that this is a civil war is to trade Syria’s complex reality for a partisan caricature.
February 17, 2020
Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets
“We operate on the pretty infallible assumption that any government which refuses to let us in has something big to hide from us,” UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour told me. The Assad regime and the Russians are trying to neutralize the White Helmets because they are potential witnesses to war crimes.
October 16, 2018
Russia and the Syrian Reconquest of Idlib
The endgame of the war in Syria is likely to come down to the northwestern province of Idlib, on the Turkish border, where some 2.3 million people are now trapped. Russia clearly has the necessary leverage over the Assad government to avoid a bloodbath there. The key is getting Russia to use that leverage.
July 24, 2018
How Syria Divided the World
The Syrian conflict has triggered something more fundamental than a difference of opinion over intervention, something more than an argument about whether the Security Council should authorize the use of force. Syria is the moment in which the West should see that the world has truly broken into two. A loose alliance of struggling capitalist democracies now finds itself face to face with two authoritarian despotisms—Russia and China—something new in the annals of political science: kleptocracies that mix the market economy and the police state. These regimes will support tyrannies like Syria wherever it is in their interest to do so.
July 11, 2012