posted on May, 11 2013 @ 05:52 PM
This is not a criticism of the OP this is more about Syria threads in general it just so happens that I am posting it on this thread.
There seem to be quite a lot of threads of late on the Syrian civil war that are actually really quite ignorant of events in Syria. The authors of
these threads seem to be advocating various solutions that are frankly utterly pointless or just so extreme there is no equilibrium to the
cost/benefit delicate balance.
A no fly zone has been ruled out by the Joint Chiefs, they point out that only 10% of casualties are the result of the Syrian air force and that it
would be very difficult to enforce compared to Libya. The idea of boots on the ground is equally as troublesome while yes it would put a end the any
civil war it would also create even more deaths on both sides in the short term and there is no political will in Washington for such a move. A full
scale invasion of Syria to put boots on the ground to stop the fighting would only create a new Iraq that would be just a messy, costly and deadly if
not more so. Another big problem with any military intervention is that after the UN passing of UN resolution 1973 (the Libyan no fly zone) the
Russians and to some extent the Chinese are very likely to veto any move to have a UN resolution to provide legal backing to any western military
intervention, they feel they were “cheated” in Libya.
The unfortunate truth for American policy makers is that there are no good options left for Syria, the way I see it there are 3 real options
available. Firstly they could just leave everything alone and leave Assad to kill all of his supporters, the only problem with that is that you would
need to have all states agree to it and that’s not going to happen. Secondly the international community really ramps up their backing of the Syrian
National council and the FSA or thirdly western forces created a NATO defended safe zone inside Syria. Now I am sure there are others who will think
up some other type of solution and point out the pitfalls of the ones I have listed above but when we boil this all down there are no good options
left, all we can do is try to pick out the best of a bad bunch.
edit on 11-5-2013 by OtherSideOfTheCoin because: (no reason given)