Strategic prize

Print edition : April 01, 2016

People chant slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they greet a group of international journalists in Al-Tall, a town on the northern outskirts of Damascus, on March 3. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Syrian children play on a swing at a park in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern edges of the capital Damascus on February 27 on the first day of the landmark ceasefire agreement. Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP

February 25, 1957: Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syrian President Shukri al-Quwaitly (left) converse in a refreshment tent, erected at the Cairo airport for Arab talks. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Duncan Sandys in 1963. Documents discovered in 2004 in his private papers revealed a joint CIA-MI6 plan to overthrow the Syrian government in 1957. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The West’s attempt to effect a regime change in Syria using tactics from 60 years ago has not borne fruit, and the majority of the people seem to have rallied behind their government.
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