Propaganda has always been with us.
Graham Anderson

Syria has three things that the West doesn’t want:

  1. A sovereign bank that both the IMF and World Bank want removed. Not just BTW: Syria has no IMF debt.
  2. Massive oil and gas reserves (particularly gas)
  3. A desire to not be dependent on the West. There are two proposed gas pipelines through Syria. One supported by the US, one supported by Russia/Iran. Syria chose the latter.

Soon after the decision in (3), our demonization of Assad and calls for his overthrow began. Occam’s razor indeed.