That is because the conflict with al Qaeda is not governed by the Geneva Conventions, which applies only to international conflicts between states that have signed them.
In a democratic set-up, people who are being governed should also be a part of the governing system. They should be drafted into the governance.
The Assad regime has lost the consent of the governed, and it is difficult to see how a replacement Alawite regime would be able to regain this consent.
Voters will decide how they want to be governed.
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