Syrians risked it all in a deadly game of poker. Assad had the better hand | Mowaffaq Safadi | Opinion | The Guardian

We knew the government would want to make things look extremely complex, so no international force would be keen on intervening, and may even prop up the status quo. We knew the more peaceful we were, the more violent the government would be. It was a horrifically simple equation: enough of us would have to die before the rest of the world did something to help. I guess we had watched too many American films.

It was a gamble, and we didn’t have a good hand. But taking in to consideration what happened in Libya, we felt lucky. The Assad regime being, unlike us, well versed in the reality of international politics, called our bluff. You know the rest.
-Mowaffaq Safadi

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/15/syrians-president-assad-five-years?CMP=twt_gu