Why Do the Syrian People Still Support Assad’s Regime?

It’s often hard to tell heads from tails with what’s happening in the chaos of Syria’s civil war. So many players both locally and globally.

So many agendas ranging from geopolitical to the manic apocalyptical.

The above video, produced by VICE News and the New York Review of Books, features journalist Charles Glass, and he has some valuable insights into what is occurring in the war-torn country.

ISIS fighters somewhere in Syria where they currently occupy half of the country of which is mostly desert. (YouTube Screenshot)

ISIS fighters somewhere in Syria where they currently occupy half of the country, mostly desert. (Screenshot/YouTube)

And what he says about U.S. involvement in the conflict and its uncertain foreign policy isn’t flattering.

Glass says that no one from the Obama administration has any credibility because their track record in Syria has been “unbelievable.”

Examples the respected journalist gives are how the U.S. supplied weapons to fighters who ended up being radical jihadists, and that U.S. analyses of events on Syria have been far from reality.

“The mass predications [from the Syrian army] by U.S. intelligence and the U.S. State Department just didn’t happen. So the army has stayed loyal to the regime and if you talk to people in the army, they put it in terms of being loyal to the regime, they put it in terms of being loyal to the state, in terms of keeping the state intact,” Glass says.

“The state has collapsed in the ISIS and Al Nusra areas, and ISIS and Al Nusra put on the Internet what they are doing there and that scares people in the other areas, and they will fight to keep them out, to keep out that way of life,” he says.

An ISIS fighter in Syria. (YouTube Screenshot)

An ISIS fighter in Syria. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Initially, it was the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but now that role has been taken by mainly Sunni radicals, i.e., the likes of ISIS and Al Nusra.

ISIS now controls half of the country.

Glass describes how many Syrians feel that they now have no alternative but to support Assad’s authoritarian regime because the alternative is to be slaughtered by the Sunni radicals.

That especially goes for those Muslims from the Alawite minority, of whom al-Assad is himself one.

The conflict has resulted in the killing of over 200,000 people and the displacing many more since it began in 2011.

See a BBC interview below with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad done earlier this year:

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