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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 But I don't think that the US has any overarching interest in the Syrian conflict, especially now that we have withdrawn from Iraq and since both the Syrian Ba'ath Party and the Muslim Brotherhood-led rebels are sworn enemies of our country.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a while, the conflict is only going to simmer under the surface, ready to break out once again once the imperium has withdrawn.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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Isaiah chapter 17 [146 words]Lujack SkylarkDec 7, 2012 14:53201239
Advantages of Turkish Syria war? [176 words]ShishirNov 12, 2012 05:40200487
No Advantage to Turkish Intervention in Syria [498 words]M. ToveyNov 27, 2012 12:27200487
Syria and Turkey close to war [109 words]p. schwartzJul 12, 2011 20:25187228
2Strife of Remnant Ottomans [117 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
M. ToveyJun 27, 2011 18:01186849
1Military capability [43 words]lord garthJun 27, 2011 14:41186842
1Go for it [58 words]Wylie BackstromJun 21, 2011 11:36186538
Muslim assistance for Bosnia [32 words]Naushad OmarJun 22, 2011 14:25186538
4The victims of Turkish and islamic imperialism [145 words]dhimmi no moreJun 23, 2011 07:06186538
3dear Dhimmi [244 words]moJun 27, 2011 15:00186538
4Our dear mo is back for more! and I smell another fatwa here [782 words]dhimmi no moreJun 28, 2011 07:06186538
6Islamic penicillin and other Islamic holy waters and black pagan stones [405 words]dhimmi no moreJun 28, 2011 08:49186538
2Bosnians were not forced to convert [268 words]agnosticAug 20, 2011 06:36186538
1So the Bosnians did not convert under force but under political expediencies! [30 words]PrashantAug 20, 2011 21:27186538
1Inhumanely Intelligencia Between all the Flares [140 words]Jay1Jun 20, 2011 20:24186507
2Is this a new Erdogan? [120 words]batya daganJun 19, 2011 22:56186486
1What next? [104 words]M. OrbuchJun 19, 2011 21:20186482
ABOUT TIME! [293 words]Ilene RichmanJun 19, 2011 20:20186479
1Who praised Turkey? [303 words]Peter HerzNov 10, 2012 10:35186479
1Syria v Turkey [89 words]Dan RusenJun 19, 2011 19:45186477
1Yes, Let's get back to the Jihad against the Joooz ASAP [53 words]katJun 19, 2011 17:33186470

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