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An outstanding Historian with white glasses is a perfect Adviser to the President

Reader comment on item: Should the West Be Supporting Syria's Assad?
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Submitted by Peter Kikareas (United States), Apr 19, 2013 at 22:35

Dear Daniel I do like very much your post which makes sense, the less we lose the best it is as days go by. We never risk the whole ship rather than lose a number of sailors.

The same is here with the case of Syria, extreme rebels, Assad, Turkey, Iran, minorities etc. One of the main principles of war as taught in the war college is Flexibility and another is Economy of Forces.

Dr. Daniel Pipes is absolutely correct when he advises to help Assad at this critical moment. This does not mean forever. Today it is clear that this is the optimum solution, which minimizes losses, creates a Country to defend itself from Turkey and even to ally with others in the region in order to protect the area from Mr.Erdogan and his ambitions.

If we go back in history, Turks who came from Mongolia the 6th century, were very patient until they created the Ottoman Empire. It took them 800 years! See what is going on with Cyprus, they still keep on the island 40000 soldiers since 1974 and no matter the expenses and the UN resolutions they wait patiently for the right opportunity to take the best advantage. Either all Cyprus, or its oil and gas and funds from all directions in order to either protect or conquer. We also give to Russia a solution and cooperation and to China too.

I may go on and on to mention the pros and cons which might be even more if we negotiate seeking the optimum and not everything or nothing.

I finally add that if we don't change course at this moment we will regret and then it will be very late.

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