1 August 2012
Syria's Mutating Conflict
As the Syrian conflict's genuine internationalization is more future prospect than present reality, the heart of the struggle has been and remains its domestic dimension. Polarized and paralyzed, the international community's behavior thus puts the onus on Syrians to resolve the conflict themselves. However, they are less and less likely to do so through political means. The regime has burned all its domestic bridges and evolved in ways that give infinitely more weight to the most inflexible within its ranks. On the opposition’s side, abhorrence toward the regime has proved overwhelming – an insurmountable obstacle to virtually any genuine politics.
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