Vali Nasr: “The Fight in Syria Will Not Stay in Syria”
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  • SteveMG

    If you spend just 30 minutes reading up on the history of Syria and about the makeup of the country you can’t help but conclude that this has bloodshed and horror written all over it.

    That is, Iraq times 100. In a smaller area. With the regional powers – Iran and Saudi Arabia – trying to influence events.

    Awful.

  • Kenny

    ‘“There will be no winners,” Nasr concludes. Unfortunately, he’s probably right.’

    Exactly — that’s why the U.S. should stay out.

  • As long as we’re not involved in one tyranny killing those allowing that type of government, and then turning that tyranny into an even worse despotism, I really don’t care. A people’s government is THEIR problem.

    Now – if we ever mature & recognize that Islam is worse than naziism and act accordingly, ie as we did last time, THEN I’ll be interested. Be sure & call me.

  • Everything will be a disaster. It is written.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/12/us-libya-elections-idUSBRE86B0JI20120712

    If you spend just 30 minutes reading up on the history of Syria and about the makeup of the country you can’t help but conclude that this has bloodshed and horror written all over it.

    The locus of intramural political violence in the Levant has (over the last 400 years or so) generally been Mt. Lebanon or Acre or Jerusalem or some point tributary to Jerusalem. All of these areas are outside the boundaries of the present day Syrian republic. That part of the world has also been subject to military campaigns and counter-insurgency courtesy Emperor Napoleon, a local potentate in Egypt, the the 3d French republic. Not precisely fair to attribute all that to the social dysfunctions of the local population.

    During the period running from 1932 to 1963, the country had functioning parliamentary institutions about 80% of the time. It was a subsidiary of Egypt for three years and had about 30 months under military administrations.

  • Now – if we ever mature & recognize that Islam is worse than naziism and act accordingly, ie as we did last time, THEN I’ll be interested. Be sure & call me.

    Around about 27% of the population of pre-war Poland died during the period running from 1939 to 1945, or about 6 million people. One might tend to think that Syria’s rebels, who have taken up arms against the most tyrannical government in that part of the world (bar one), have a ways to go ‘ere they approach the level of radical evil in Nazi Germany. (One might also note that two of the four most horrifying regimes in the region since 1918 were not Islamic in character, but Ba’athist).

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