Assad’s Western Media Campaign Reveals His Weakness, Not Strength

Assad’s Western Media Campaign Reveals His Weakness, Not Strength
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, Damascus, Syria, Feb. 10, 2015 (AP photo/SANA).

In late March, Syria’s northern provincial capital of Idlib fell to Islamist rebels. A week later, both the self-declared Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, advanced into the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in a suburb just six miles south of central Damascus. Despite these setbacks for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, he has continued a choreographed international media campaign, going on French television for his latest interview with a Western news outlet so that he could present himself as the necessary partner for a political solution to Syria’s civil war, assert his strength and deny […]

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