“Who are the most dangerous enemies for the United States, Russia, France?” he questioned.
And then provided a direct answer.
“Bashar al-Assad, abject as it is, does not represent an immediate risk [like] Daesh (an Arabic name for the Islamic State). "
His view is shared by Yves Boyer, deputy director of the Foundation for Strategic Research: " We must not mistake an enemy. The ISIL is the fundamental threat, a cancer that eats away and starts to spread (Libya, Mali…) and must be treated. "
The newspaper further states that an alliance with the Russians "is the best solution" if France and other countries hope to beat the militant jihadist group.
"There is not a magic bullet that will allow us to destroy Daesh and pacify Syria in a fortnight; it requires cooperation with Russia, in one way or another," says Alain Rodier.
This alliance, the experts elaborate, could first take the form of a dialogue on the raids, aimed at dividing the land and objectives.
Regarding President Assad, the experts say that they assume he could stay in power for the transition period. However he could leave after the new elections even though it is unclear who will then form a new government.