After destroying and breaking up his country, creating a civil war which at last count has claimed 191K lives and sent millions of his people into refugee camps, if Assad is asked to side with the West in their fight against ISIS/ISIL/IS/xyz, I hope he will tell them to go to hell and remain there.
Con Coughlin, the first few paragraphs of his article are below, is the Defence Editor of The Telegraph UK and he is supposed to be a world-renowned expert on global security and terrorism issues. The man has changed his tune in this his latest article, he used to be a zealot and a shill for Assad's "opposition" but now he thinks the West needs Assad's help. Most so called analysts are equally as blind as this man, until someone comes right up to them and gives them a resounding slap. Looks like ISIS/ISIL/IS/xyz did just that.
Now we need Assad's help to defeat Isil
If any further proof were needed of the complete state of chaos that currently afflicts Western policy towards the Middle East, it is to be found in the dawning realisation within both the British and American governments that we need Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally, not a foe, if we are to stand any chance of defeating the Islamic State's terrorist army.
Exactly this time last year David Cameron was hurrying back from his annual holiday in Cornwall to lend his support to the Obama administration's plans to bomb the Assad regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus. One of my main arguments then for opposing the air strikes was that, if the air raids succeeded in overthrowing the Assad regime, there was a strong possibility that Islamist militants would end up seizing control of the country, which could hardly be deemed to be in any of our national interests.
Now, thanks to the appalling atrocities that have been perpetrated by the same Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, mssrs Cameron and Obama now found themselves having to take military action against Islamic State fanatics to prevent them from achieving their goal of establishing an Islamist fiefdom in captured territory in northern Iraq and Syria from which they can plan attacks against the West.
And it is now blindingly obvious, as Lord Dannatt, the former head of the Army, pointed out on Radio Four this morning, that if we are going to succeed in our attempts to defeat Isil, then we will need Mr Assad's tacit support, particularly if, as Mr Obama has now warned, the West is giving serious consideration to launching air strikes against Isil positions in Syria......