This is brilliant and utterly horrifying. Thank you for taking the time to write this primer for those of us who’d been trying to wade through the news and hadn’t yet been able to find an accessible resource for such a throughline. I do wonder how Basil al-Assad would have ruled Syria, had he not been rushing for that plane.
I second Beensentoe’s request that you write a book/series of books regarding Lebanon and the Kurds, and would love to see you encompass the greater tangle. You have a great vernacular style for this sort of thing that should resonate very effectively.