May 31st, 2012
11:59 AM ET

The case against intervention in Syria

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In Syria, the brutal regime of Bashar Assad is testing the proposition that repression works. The massacre of civilians in Houla is only the latest example of what appears to be a strategy of making no concessions and using maximum force. To the Assad regime's way of thinking, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi erred by hesitating, emboldening the opposition and sowing doubts among their supporters. So far, Assad's strategy has worked. Kofi Annan's mission, which appears to be based on the idea that Assad will negotiate his own departure, seems utterly doomed. The U.S., the Western world, indeed the civilized world, should attempt instead to dislodge the Assad regime. Is there a smart way to do it?

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Topics: Syria • Time Magazine

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  1. Abbey

    What I don't understand is the naitivety the citizens of these western nations have. I feel as if they have amnesia or something. Sure I understand the killings of innocent people by a brutal regime. Also, I understand we shouldn't be the world's police force. Especially the latter, we need to be more focused at home here in America. We have our own crisis in terms of the economy and jobs, which if not addressed and fixed very soon, will bring upon our own humanitarian crisis. In fact, it's slowly unfolding in front of our eyes everyday.

    Also, it is in the interests of the war lobbyist to have these conflicts take place in the Arab world as well as Africa. Even Mitt Romney himself said during one of the debates a few months ago that we currently have "covert operations" in Syria to dismantle the Assad Regime. This basically means we are trying to sow conflict day by day so that ultimately you get sides fighting, therefore leading to a mess like this, then leading to what we are discussing now, whether we should intervene militarily or not.

    Many say we shouldn't stand silently and turn a blind eye to the killings over there, but what about Bahrain??? It's all about the control of the media and what they want the public around the world to see. They have done a great job on supressing the news in Bahrain. We are top allies with Saudi Arabia, a nation that tops the list of human rights abuse. Bottom line is, let the Arab Nations handle their Arab neighbors problems and let's handle our own problems.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
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