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U.S. sanctions against Syria won’t bring Assad’s regime down

By Gwynne Dyer      

When governments impose sanctions they usually explain that they had to 'do something,' but the new sanctions will hurt ordinary Syrians very badly.

On June 17, the United States imposed new sanctions on Syria: a 'sustained campaign of economic and political pressure' to end the nine-year war by forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured, to UN-brokered peace talks where he would negotiate his departure from power. Photograph courtesy of the Kremlin

LONDON, U.K.—On June 17, the United States imposed new sanctions on Syria: a “sustained campaign of economic and political pressure” to end the nine-year war by forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to UN-brokered peace talks where he would negotiate his departure from power. Assad’s wife was already cross about not being able to shop at Harrod’s or Bergdorf Goodman, so he should crumble any day now.

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