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No need to "support Assad" - just hit the enemy

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Submitted by Steve Lieblich (Australia), Apr 18, 2013 at 06:21

The reaction to your proposed strategy is really just a reaction to the semantics. The West doesn't need to "support Assad" but rather be strategic about when and where we hit at our enemies, which include Assad and most of the forces opposing him. If Assad is on the back foot, then it's opportune to strike his Sunni Islamist opposition (from the air). If Assad were to predominate, we should shift our attacks to him (from the air). ...and don't supply weapons or cash to anyone if those resources may end up in enemy hands.

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The rebels are the worst of two evils. [16 words]phil GreendMay 4, 2013 21:14205829
The end-game [58 words]David W. LincolnApr 22, 2013 13:28205450
U.S. fears Syria Rebel Victory, For Now. [88 words]AnneApr 19, 2013 09:35205295
One, just ONE, for Obama. [91 words]DmitryApr 18, 2013 17:05205281
Syria, Islamists [45 words]Herb GlatterApr 18, 2013 11:32205276
No need to "support Assad" - just hit the enemy [95 words]Steve LieblichApr 18, 2013 06:21205273
Mr. Assad needs to go: this should be bottomline [472 words]Amit SrivastavaApr 18, 2013 05:27205270
1Lie on your back and think of England. [39 words]Vince FonzarelliApr 20, 2013 06:08205270
moderate chemical weapons there are none [99 words]mythApr 18, 2013 03:19205266
1Behind Syria: Iran, Russia & China. [55 words]Steven LApr 17, 2013 22:50205261

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