The fact remains: The moderate Syrian opposition only exists in fancy suits in Western hotel lobbies. It has little military backing on the ground. If you want to ask why Assad is still the president of Syria, the answer is not simply Russia or Iran, but the fact that his army remains resilient and pluralistic, representing a Syria in which religion alone does not determine who rises to the top. The military also represent as challenge against the spread of terrorism, which is why three of the top British generals of the last five years have openly called for the recognition that the Syrian Arab Army, loyal to President Assad, is the only force capable of defeating ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Levant.
How the West is telling lies about Syria in order to seize its resources and deny them to perceived adversaries. But it's OK. It's strategic lying. Who expects governments to tell the truth? Only fools.
The New Cold War
Why Assad’s army did not defect
Kamal Alam | Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a Syrian military analyst advising several Damascus-based family offices.