The Storm Clouds Gather

By Max Musson: Until just a few years ago, the government of Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, was widely regarded by Western governments as progressive and modernizing and it is therefore curious that a coalition of Western powers including Britain, are now plotting military intervention aimed at bringing down that regime. Assad came to power in July 2000, following the death of his father, Hafez Al-Assad, who had ruled the country over the previous thirty…