The Russians and the Chinese are getting a frightful ear-bashing over their decision to veto the UN resolution on Syria. My colleague, Philip Stephens, puts the case against the Russians eloquently today. But, if you listen to what western governments are saying about Syria, their position is a lot more equivocal than you might imagine. There is no love lost for Bashar al-Assad – and there is genuine horror at the bloodshed. But, equally, there is deep foreboding about what might follow the current regime.
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