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Syria Shows That Realism Still Dominates Global Politics

AFP The civil war in Syria has taught the international community plenty of lessons, and not one of them is good. In fact, each and every one is an indictment on the entire rules-based order that has governed the international system since the end of World War II. First, there is the obvious conclusion: Bashar al-Assad, the eye doctor who was whisked back into Syria to take over the job of heir-apparent from his older brother, is not the reformer we all hoped.
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