To end the conflict, Mr Assad has to go. Although he has clung on to power for
far longer than expected, his money reserves are running low and the rebels
are making military progress. By offering limited, but potentially
invaluable, support, Britain might add to the pressure for Mr Assad to leave
the country peacefully – something that would admittedly require a change of
heart on the part of his Russian allies. Of course, the strategy contains
some element of risk – we have to be careful that the hardware does not fall
into the wrong hands. Full-scale military intervention may be out of the
question, but the growing scale of the carnage justifies a more hands-on

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