Are Western capitals finally owning up to the quagmire they helped create in Syria? Well not exactly, but the tone of officials is certainly more conciliatory than it was only a few months ago, when French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and his British counterpart, Philip Hammond defiantly refused the possibility of engaging Assad for the sake of defeating terror.
“Proposing Assad as a solution to the extremists is to misunderstand the causes of the extremism. After 220,000 deaths and millions displaced, it is illusory to imagine that a majority of Syrians would accept to be ruled by the one who torments them,” they wrote in a joint statement in February.
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