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Opinion

FARAH STOCKMAN

Syria: the Assad family business

How economic reforms produced a rebellion

IF YOU’VE BEEN watching Syria’s descent into chaos over the past 16 months, you might have been plagued by a single question: Why doesn’t Bashar Assad just get on a plane and leave?

Generals have defected. Diplomats have quit. Even Bashar’s childhood best friend snuck out of the country. But Bashar himself shows no sign of giving up. In fact, no one in his extensive family tree appears to have jumped ship.

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