Hopeless Diplomacy Syrian Regime Resembles Mafia Cartel

Hopes that diplomacy will force Syrian President Bashar Assad to back down seem misguided, given that his regime resembles a mafia cartel bent on defending its turf by any means. There is no turning back for Assad's clan or the rebels -- both sides know that would spell their doom.
Syrian rebels in Idlib, northern Syria.

Syrian rebels in Idlib, northern Syria.

Foto: Rodrigo Abd/ AP
Translated from the German by Paul Cohen
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