The Syrian opposition’s great mistake

As soon as the protesters throw the first brick or fire the first shot, the balance of power shifts radically in favour of the regime.

UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Sunday, 02/12/2012 12:00 am EST

As the Syrian opposition abandons non-violent protest for armed resistance, many people think this means that President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime are in even deeper trouble than before. On the contrary, it means that al-Assad and the Baathists are winning.

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