Srdja Popovic goes around the world teaching nonviolent techniques to activists to overthrow autocrats. Whenever he talks about the Arab Spring, he says: “2011 was the worst year ever for bad guys.”
Meaning, goodbye Hosni Mubarak, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi. Two years ago, it looked like even Bashar al-Assad was going to fall into that losers’ club.
But judging from last Sunday’s exclusive interview with Bashar—as he is called inside Syria by his detractors—by The Sunday Times, it doesn’t look like this bad guy is going anywhere.