- Aug 2010
- Welsh Marches
I wonder whether in a society like that, the ruler can rightly calculate that his days in power may be numbered if even a measure of reform is allowed? For liberalization is exceedingly hard to control when everything has been previously ordered from above under the threat or exercise of force. So it is not only matter of choosing a course of action that works, but one that will be sure in its results?Mostly because the powers of repression struck back very forcibly.
Assad could have negotiated a reform agenda, as was how the Syrian protests started and what they were looking for. He chose to just kill a lot of people instead. That works too, for a certain value of "works"...