Druzes hold Syrian flags during a rally in Buq'ata near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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For years, several nations – the first of them Russia – along with the United Nations, have been in on it, arranging talks and recognizing opposition groups.Now, after seven years of a war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, Assad has been emboldened by his victories and by the prospect of hanging onto his brutal dictatorship.The U.N. and the West now face either dealing with a dictator who continues to massacre his own people, or taking action to force the country toward some sort of change so that it can start the journey toward joining the civilized world.
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