Don’t Get Involved In Syria
I would like to agree with Amb. Robert Ford’s NYT op-ed, “Arm Syria’s Opposition,” about the need to support the Free Syrian Army in its rebellion against Syria’s Assad, but I don’t think it will work. Assad and ISIS, which is trying to overthrow Assad, are both bad. The Free Syrian Army is caught in the middle. I can’t believe that it is strong enough to win against two enemies, even with US help. The US has not successfully won long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Syrian rebels have not won against Assad; in fact, Assad appears to be winning against the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, and random other fighters, including Iranians, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups. We don’t need to join another losing effort, especially if there is no good outcome. If Assad wins, we are not happy. If the rebels win, the Free Syrian Army will be a weak competitor for power with the terrorists. It’s hard, but we should stay out of involvement in Syria.