(COMMON DREAMS) Jon Queally — And as Middle East expert Michael Lüders toldGerman channel N24 this week, the ouster of Assad would likely make matters much worse, not better. “He still controls a third of the territory of Syria. If his regime falls, then the power in all likelihood will pass into the hands of Islamic state militants. That is, to try to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, without having any idea how to stop the advance of Islamic State sounds a bit absurd,” he said.
Lüders further stated that the effort by Western powers and the Gulf monarchies to overthrow the regime is dangerous as Russia, Iran, and China come together in order to prevent such an outcome. These proxy battles, he warned, “means the growth of confrontation.”