It takes more effort to explain simple things to them than to write a simple comment. So I will explain my comment to you, and then find somebody else to converse with. I don't need this. Now, unlike Iran, Syria is a poor country which has practically nothing to sell the world. It means that sanctions can be effective. Assad would have long been gone. And guess what, when sanctions don't work, there is always the option to bomb the site. True even for Iran, which is a scarier enterprise because of their Islamic fundamentalism. The Syrian regime is secular./ In short Avi, you heard 'sanctions' and that was enough for you to draw an equivalence. you are wasting my time, here and elsewhere.
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)
from the article: UN probe unveils new suspected Syrian nuclear facility