Barry Rubin, writing at PJ Media, takes us on a tour of the bad options Western leaders face in choosing who to support among the rebels and terrorists fighting against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Rubin concludes that, while there might have been some good options a few years ago, there aren’t any now:
Yet the policy is based on an illusion. Let’s say that weapons are given to the rebels. Will they win the war? Will that reduce civilian casualties? Which side will kill more people? Is a rebel victory going to make Syria a better place, more of a democracy? How many more refugees would a rebel victory generate? Say about 30 percent are Alawites, Christians, and Druze who would be oppressed by a rebel triumph, as would relatively secular Sunni urban middle class Muslims. They might flee the country. How many new wars will come out of the Syrian civil war?