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Reader comment on item: Support Assad
in response to reader comment: Strongly disagree

Submitted by Jason Pappas (United States), Apr 14, 2013 at 08:28

There's the problem of assuming our government can tell how and to what extent to intervene. Government intervention tends to be late and often at the wrong moment. You may be assuming greater wisdom in a government official than is possible.

FDR's advisors didn't see the USSR as inherently a foe--not back in the "Red Decade." That they backed the lessor of two evils might be more revisionist history than reality.

In light of the human and cultural limitations of our government, might I suggest a more modest proposal: advocate a policy of public neutrality with the addition private pressure on Saudi Arabia to hold back. This will allow the Russians to step up support for Assad and get the blame for his vicious regime.


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