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Who praised Turkey?

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in response to reader comment: ABOUT TIME!

Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Nov 10, 2012 at 10:35

I believe that our blog host noted the Gaza flotillas for what they were--cover to arm Hamas and cause more mayhem. Further, I don't think that Dr. Pipes ever thought well of the Assad regime, whether that of Hafiz or Bashir.

I'm not fan of the Syrian regime, its Hezbollah client, or its Irananian mullahocracy sponsor. But I don't think that the US has any overarching interest in the Syrian conflict, especially now that we have withdrawn from Iraq and since both the Syrian Ba'ath Party and the Muslim Brotherhood-led rebels are sworn enemies of our country. It further seems that the Sunni majority in Syria has loudly cried out that it wants the MB. As for "civilians" suffering, I'm sorry, but both sides are champions of the People's War, which is nothing but the tribal warfare of the pre-state era, in which every able-bodied male (at least) was a warrior and everyone else a support staff and logistics train. In such conflicts, democide has always been a practical tool for victory; and if an external force comes in and imposes order for a while, the conflict is only going to simmer under the surface, ready to break out once again once the imperium has withdrawn. I hate saying such things, but that's how things are when the 18th century way of doing things (from its horse-and-buggy Constitutions to its reactions against the way the Thirty Years' War was fought) have been soundly and thoroughly debunked by all the wise people of your High School reading list.

I believe that at this point, it is imperative that the USA let Turkey know--grateful as we are for NATO solidarity, support in the Korean War and other times--we do not want to be dragged into a conflict in which there is no foreseeable advantageous outcome.

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