AND THE RE­AL­ITY CHECK

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

The afore­men­tioned at­tack on Syria may per­suade Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad to be more cau­tious, but will not de­ter him and his al­lies from press­ing “a full-throt­tle mil­i­tary cam­paign” to counter the rebels, write Tom Perry and Laila Bas­sam, both Reuters cor­re­spon­dents in the Mid­dle East.

“As­sad now knows there is a red line with re­gard to the use of chem­i­cal weapons. But I think he also prob­a­bly just sees it as a slap on the wrist,” David Lesch, pro­fes­sor of Mid­dle East his­tory at Trinity Univer­sity, told the news ser­vice. “As­sad has to re­cal­i­brate but not fun­da­men­tally change his mil­i­tary ap­proach that they’ve been en­gag­ing in since the Rus­sian in­ter­ven­tion. I re­ally be­lieve they are not feel­ing too bad to­day, if this is the ex­tent of what the U.S. is go­ing to do.”

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