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A persuasive way to get the point accross

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Submitted by Samuel (United Kingdom), Apr 1, 2013 at 11:26

Maybe the argument could have been made more persuasive if Mr Pipes had proposed a Lebanon style stalemate, where UN troops are moved in to play security theater as they do in Lebanon and that the country is de facto divided between the different faction at hand with the US forbidding any kind of upset to the balance of Power.

Besides UN peacekeeper for the bleeding heart, embroil them in a lengthy and going to nowhere reconciliation process that is going to keep them busy for the next 10 years.

Mr Pipes is well knowledgable in the subject of the what should be done, but giving a How should it be done to the viewers could have helped, maybe even by expanding the Iran-iraq analogy of maintaining the status quo at all cost, or at least at a cost that will wound Assad for the next 20 years.

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