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Support Assad

johnm h Wrote: Apr 12, 2013 7:35 AM
These things are so beyond our understanding and influence the safest policy is to stay quiet, try to develop some friends inside the government and the rebels so that we have intelligence and a tiny bit of influence. Assad is nasty, but under his regime minorities were protected, including Christians. They are now being murdered by the rebels. That's just the way it is there and throughout the muslim world.

Analysts agree that "the erosion of the Syrian regime's capabilities is accelerating," that it step-by-step continues to retreat, making a rebel breakthrough and an Islamist victory increasingly likely. In response, I am changing my policy recommendation from neutrality to something that causes me, as a humanitarian and decades-long foe of the Assad dynasty, to pause before writing:

Western governments should support the malign dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad.

Here is my logic for this reluctant suggestion: Evil forces pose less danger to us when they make war on each other. This (1) keeps...