The West’s New Syrian War

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Photo: Flickr/ Marshall24

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?


Author: Stand For Israel | June 12, 2013
Posted in:  SFI Daily Dispatch, Syria


 

What do you think?

  • Donna
    June 13, 2013
    11:29 am
     

    It’s like watching a very bad Greek tragedy in plain sight. Father, please open their extremely blind eyes to see that arming both rebels & terrorists will not solve the overwhelming problems & bring about “peace” and a chance for democracy.

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  • JamesR
    June 12, 2013
    11:14 pm
     

    Every time the naive liberal loons in Western Governments meddle blindly in the Middle East they make things worse. The liberals are atheists and have no understanding of religion, which they despise, and no grasp of history, which they are ignorant of (thanks to liberal education syustems and media).
    US under Jimmy Carter betrayed the Shah of Iran, giving us the present madness in Tehran. Obama betrayed Mubarak in Egypt, giving us a Muslim Brotherhood regime there. Overthrowing relatively harmless Gaddaffi gave us Al Qaeda dominated Libya. Hezbollah was allowed to take over Lebanon. Hamas was allowed to take over Gaza. Now, the liberal loons want to support Al Qaeda and overthrow Assad? Bad idea, that canm only result in war against Israel (but Obama and comrades want that). We should not do anything against Assad, just allow the Russians to save him. Pushing Assad into a corner only makes him more desperate and dangerous, forces him to rely on Hezbollah and Iran. But our clowns in Washington never learn. They are about to turn a minor revolt against Assad into a regional war involving half of the Middle East. Good job guys! Israel will win, but it will be bloody and ugly. Obama will have to send back his ‘peace prize’ to the loons in Europe.

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  • Mildred
    June 12, 2013
    10:47 pm
     

    The Syrian problem is not ours. We need to leave the Middle East and begin protecting our country and our Constitution.

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  • jeb
    June 12, 2013
    2:02 pm
     

    The only good option would be a more supportive US Government behind Israel. But given Obama’s newest placement of an anti-Israelite in the UN it doesn’t seem like that’s where its going.

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  • Steve
    June 12, 2013
    1:39 pm
     

    It’s time for the US TO DO NOTHING

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    • Jay
      June 12, 2013
      2:01 pm
       

      I agree, its time to bow out of these wars. Its just replacing one bad regime with another. They will never have peace, as fighting is all they know.

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    • itzik
      June 12, 2013
      2:44 pm
       

      Shalom dont worry your wish is granted with the current administration, right now they are occupied with conning us

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      • Francesca
        June 12, 2013
        4:38 pm
         

        Shalom to you,I came from Europa… we survived { THE TOWN & People a 6 years war }I feel: BE ON ALERT Help our FRIEND I.E. Israel etc; do not allow Iran to send …help to Syria War does not solve a thing EVER !!!!

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    • Daniel
      June 12, 2013
      4:02 pm
       

      After watching Frontline PBS documentary on the Syrian Conflict it’s damned if you do & damned if you don’t. Every country has their civil war till they learn to get along with eachother. It’s too late for US intervention and the onis will fall on Israel. Be prepared.

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    • Jan
      June 13, 2013
      7:04 am
       

      I agree. There is no reason for the US to involve ourselves with this mess. Both sides are our enemies. We have no dog in this fight that would be a long term benefit to the US or Israel.

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  • Jack
    June 12, 2013
    12:41 pm
     

    Only good option…keep them fighting…when one side starts to weaken…help the other…and vis a versa

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    • itzik
      June 12, 2013
      2:40 pm
       

      Shalom that is very immature. I dont want our dna to be linked to theirs. there is always a power vacuum in the mid east, we can not permit Iran to succeed , they are the problem

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  • peter
    June 12, 2013
    12:30 pm
     

    this is a no-win situation for both Israel and the united state. we don’t need another war and Russia could become involved. Obama is right to be cautious. McCain is reckless.

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    • itzik
      June 12, 2013
      2:34 pm
       

      Shalom I see it as Iran is the main player they are feeding the problem, If Iran goes down so does hizbola and hamas. Iran needs a massive slap

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