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Reader comment on item: Arguing against "Limited" Strikes on the Assad Regime

Submitted by Henry (United States), Aug 28, 2013 at 08:36

The premise of your (piece) is that there is nothing to be achieved by a tactical strike against the Syrian regime. You suggest that because there will be no ground campaign, the strikes will not lead to regime change nor affect the course of the civil war.

I suggest that one only need look to Libya to see what effect sustained bombing may have, and that has not been ruled out. Assad wants to remain in power, and will think twice about using weapons of mass destruction again if his regime is pounded by strategic bombings. ...

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In Libya, the Western powers played games, saying they only intended a humanitarian mission but then used the UN mandate to overthrow Qaddafi.

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