For all the furore about last week’s missile strikes on Syria, they were were strikingly limited in scope. Far from the “big price” boasted about by Donald Trump, the attacks focused very narrowly on three sites linked to the Assad regime’s chemical weapons programme.
Targets were chosen both to avoid collateral damage and, more importantly, Russian retaliation. But this fear, and the idea that broader set of strikes would be pointless because Assad has won the civil war, are without foundation.
In fact, reports from the Russians themselves suggests even a modest attack could do serious damage to a deeply frail Assad …read more