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Don’t get me wrong. On balance, I’d like to see the Assad regime fall and to see an end to the suffering of Syrian civilians. From a strategic standpoint, though, the fact that the Sunni and Shia Islamists—who both want to destroy U.S. interests and wipe Israel off the map—are battling in Syria may not be the worst thing in the world.

Remember, too, that the United States covertly intervened in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) on the side of Iraq, for reasons that could well be justified, but ended up fighting two wars against Iraq in the next fifteen years.

Remember that Americans cheered the downfall of the repressive shah only to see a more repressive, far more aggressive, and far more anti-American regime replace it, not to mention the seizure of American hostages.

Remember also that Americans cheered the downfall of the Libyan dictator only to see a raging anarchy in which American diplomats were not taken hostage but murdered. Today, their killers walk the streets of Benghazi providing security, untouchable by Libya’s government, laughing at the Americans who empowered them.

Things in the Middle East are not so simple.

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To hell with Syria. Carpet bomb Iranian nuclear sites with our heaviest bunker busters. Do if for a week or so, ala Desert Storm. Bomb them till they beg for mercy, then bomb them a tad more. Also make sure that Israel is well supplied with everything it needs to take on Johnny Arab and Jerry Persian.
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No matter which side wins, America would lose. There are no "good guys" in that war. Sell both sides weapons and then stand back.
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Religion determines your culture and your culture determines your government. What we're seeing here is Islam on display. You know a tree by its fruit.
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if only we had a president of the united states of america.
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Can't we just turn the whole Middle East into a parking lot for the world's largest Wal-Mart and be done with it?
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Has anyone been in touch with Natan Sharansky as to who are those in Syria that agree with the continued existence of the State of Israel?

Start there, and then build around them. Otherwise, those with definite plans for the short term, medium term, and long term will waltz in (and they are not friendly to the West).
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"Has anyone been in touch with Natan Sharansky as to who are those in Syria that agree with the continued existence of the State of Israel?"

Really? -- My guess is *few* a couple of Christians and *maybe* a couple of Alawites (maaaaaaaybe). Other than that -- nobody. It's a non-starter my friend.
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Barry,

Maybe getting rid of Saddam Hussein in 1980, before he had set the Middle East on a path to disaster would have been a boon for the world, but by 2003 he was old, tired, had done all the damage he was going to do, and to top it off 2/3 of his country was daily patrolled by the American Air Force! The Iraq war was a disaster for the Middle East and, in the long term, for the world and don't try to paint it otherwise. The carnage in Syria right now and the advance of Islamic fanaticism across the region is the twin result of Osama bin Laden successfully bringing down the World Trade Center in 2001 and, even more so, George W. Bush's idiotic decision to invade and occupy Iraq two years later.
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As long as the situation after the fighting was fumbled, blaming it on the fighting makes as much sense as blaming the side walk when ice cream is dropped on it.

Do you have the honesty to see how Christians are being treated in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and other places not invaded?
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There are no good guys to support in Syria and there is no willingness on the part of the American people to support the kind of intervention that would make a difference. We also lack competent leadership.

The great fallacy of American policy in the Middle East, committed by both Bush and Obama, is to think we can create democracy in this region. It was certainly necessary to punish the Taliban but it was futile to stay. It was necessary to decapitate the Iraqi regime but we should have handed over the reins of power quickly to the Sunni-Baathist power structure on condition that they respect our interests. The problem is not intervention to support our interests but staying to pursue our nation-building fantasies. How were our interests served by taking out Ghaddhafi - a man who cooperated with us in the last few years of his power? The result - Arab dictators cannot trust us and will not cooperate with us and North Africa is awash with sophisticated arms and Islamic extremists.
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One American life is not worth spending in these Hell-holes.

Our politicians squander American lives like Monopoly money

The Islamists hate us. Nothing will change that.

And we've run out of money.
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Are you saying, "You can't beat them, so you might as well join them?"
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Keep em killing each other and draw Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia into it. This should have been the strategy in Iraq.
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To hell with Syria. Carpet bomb Iranian nuclear sites with our heaviest bunker busters. Do if for a week or so, ala Desert Storm. Bomb them till they beg for mercy, then bomb them a tad more. Also make sure that Israel is well supplied with everything it needs to take on Johnny Arab and Jerry Persian.
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We should arm both sides and hope that they annihalate each other. Pest control.
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Assad is an evil dictator. The rebels have been co-opted by terrorists. Let them deal with each other and let us merely break out the popcorn.
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