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Syria Intervention

The Fraudulent Case for Military Escalation in Syria

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

As Cambanis admits, the Obama administration has been "funding, training, and arming parts of the opposition" for several years now. And he acknowledges that "Most of the armed opposition has survived only because of foreign intervention -- the exceptions being the most distressing elements: Islamic State and Nusra."

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

A Plea for the Citizens of Syria

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

A No-Fly Zone will protect civilians merely trying to survive the inhumanity of constant regime barrel bombs, which are the main killers of Syrian civilians. Stopping the killing must be a priority.

Reckless Diplomacy Disguised as Caution Cost Lives in Srebrenica. And It's Happening Again, This Time in Syria

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The parallel example for Syria is not Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya -- it's Bosnia. Like the Syrian conflict today, Bosnia saw horrific atrocities, unprecedented numbers of refugees and an exorbitant death toll. Like Syria, the crisis in the Balkans was thought unsolvable and intractable. Bosnia's strongest allies worried that action to protect civilians could escalate the conflict regionally and even globally.

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Activists Fighting -- And Failing -- To Spark Action | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- When the Syrian civil war began more than three years ago, Mariam Hamou took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the brutality ...

On the Third Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

Given the appalling violence in Syria -- leaving at least 130,000 dead, some 9 million displaced, and 9.3 million in need of humanitarian aid -- it is urgent for the international community to take action to save lives and relieve suffering.

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

The Scandal of Syria

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Today we confront the fallen world of Syria. Is this House of Cards territory where ambition and revenge battle for supremacy and there is nothing to do but watch the horrors unfold before our eyes? Or do we believe that, despite our own original sins, we Americans can don the white hat and fix things in Syria?

International Intervention Needed In Syria

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Peter S. Goodman

It will take some credible threat of international intervention to bring help to the victims of the Syrian war. There is no way around that.

Limited Options, Influence for U.S. in Syria

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

A military victory in a country with numerous warring factions is clearly out of the question, at least at a price in lives and resources that we are willing to pay. So, too, is a political victory.

Give Syria Justice, Not Violence

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

This lie tells us that diplomacy is weakness, and violence is strength. That power is not in raising our ideals of justice but in raising our voices of anger. That flexing our muscles is more important and effective than flexing our principles.

An American Tour de Force

Severyn Kozak | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Severyn Kozak

After the dust has settled, though, Obama and like-minded American politicians must learn from the Syrian mistake.

Syria Is an Epic Victory for the Superpower of Peace

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The United States is not now bombing Syria. Let's savor that again: for the moment at least, the United States is not now bombing Syria.

Obama's Syrian Test of Chaos Theory

Michael Brenner | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Secretary Kerry's warning yesterday to Assad that we can still bomb him itself was evidence that the Obama people understand that the President's credibility is compromised.

The Syrian Rebels Aren't So Happy With Obama

Agence France Presse | Antonio Pampliega | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

Rebel fighters have expressed disdain for US President Barack Obama after he backed away from striking over alleged chemical weapons attacks, saying t...

Changing the Subject

Amb. Robert E. Hunter | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Amb. Robert E. Hunter

At no point has the United States actively supported an effort to achieve a decisive outcome to the Syrian civil war.

Link Control of Assad's Weapons to a Peace Process for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Preventing Assad from using the world's deadliest weapons will not stop the carnage of Syria's civil war.

The Obama Doctrine

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Obama Doctrine has a narrow focus: keeping other nations from using biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons. It argues that we should always seek the support of the world community to enforce this prohibition. But, if they fail to respond, we should act unilaterally, because we are "the anchor of global security."

Systemic Causation and Syria: Obama's Framing Problem

George Lakoff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
George Lakoff

The president's logic of limited bombing is not understood: he wants to bomb to prevent the systemic effect of the use of poison gas, not to stop the direct killing via other means, which we cannot stop.

Do Ordinary Syrians Want the U.S. to Intervene?

Doug Rivers | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Doug Rivers

Most of the reporting on the Syrian crisis, aside from occasional man-on-the-street interviews in Damascus, has come from outside Syria. The internet and mobile technology allow the voices of ordinary Syrians to be part of this debate.

Iran Diplomacy Through the Prism of the Syria Debate

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

There are three strategic themes present in the current Washington debate about Syria that are relevant to Iran policy. First, it's always darkest before the dawn when it comes to diplomacy. Second, presidents must push for results and see what their team can deliver. And third, Congress can't be counted on, but it can't be ignored either.

Doing Nothing Is a Right, But Is It Right?

Alex Glashausser | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

How the United States should respond to Assad is far from clear. If we think a strike would help, though, then we shouldn't let others' reluctance stop us from taking the lead. Maybe what this country is actually all about is doing something.

The Syrian Gambit -- The Next Surprise Move

Barry Lando | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Just a hunch, but I think Bashar al-Assad, and probably Vladimir Putin, may have another surprise chess move to play -- one that may catch Israel and its U.S. ally completely off guard.

Unintended Consequences of Striking Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Military action in Syria could embroil the United States in civil wars from the Tigris to the Levant; U.S interests could also come under direct attack. A steely-eyed view of regional dynamics and contingency planning are critical to optimizing U.S. objectives.

Why Syria's Offer Is Unlikely to Work

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

There is good reason to believe that Mr. Assad is serious, and that he will do his part to make the decommissioning of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal a reality. But a number of things stand in the way of making this proposal meaningful.