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Syrian Civil War

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8 hours ago, cavalieratmosphere said:

As of this thread's posting, the US, along with the UK and France, has conducted strikes against select locations in Syria to deter the Assad government from using chemical weapons.

What do you all think of this (both the strike and the overall Syrian conflict)?

“Atrocity” does not begin to describe what Assad has done to his own people in the last decade.  The Obama Administration’s tepid response (surprise, surprise) garnered a significant amount of anger in the Muslim community.  

 

Either we remove Assad from power or we don’t.  It is a waste of time and resources to conduct airstrikes that do not change the overall outcome for the Assad regime.

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2 hours ago, UVAObserver said:

“Atrocity” does not begin to describe what Assad has done to his own people in the last decade.  The Obama Administration’s tepid response (surprise, surprise) garnered a significant amount of anger in the Muslim community.  

 

Either we remove Assad from power or we don’t.  It is a waste of time and resources to conduct airstrikes that do not change the overall outcome for the Assad regime.

This was basically the same logic that was used before the Iraq War. Look at what happened to that country after Saddam was toppled.

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6 hours ago, cavalieratmosphere said:

This was basically the same logic that was used before the Iraq War. Look at what happened to that country after Saddam was toppled.

I have a few nits to pick with that particular analogy.  

 

While the atrocities committed by Assad are eerily reminiscent of the atrocities under Saddam, the cultural milieu is markedly different.  One, the ouster of Saddam was not driven by Saddam’s own people, while the attempted ouster of Assad in during Arab Spring was.  Two, Saddam’s regime was far more sectarian than Assad’s (Saddam was rabidly hostile to Muqtada Al-Sadr), and the boiling undercurrent of radicalism has already manifested much more in Assad’s.  Three, ISIS was but a faint gleam in the eyes in Saddam’s era, while ISIS has been severely crippped by military offensives in the Trump presidency (naturally, any area Trump has success sees no media coverage).  

 

I say this as someone who believes that our policy in the Middle East should be (1) defend Israel by all means necessary and (2) let the warring Muslim factions have at everything else.

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