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Syria Burning

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a burning portrait of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. (Getty)

After bombings killed at least three high-ranking government officials yesterday, Reuters is reporting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus. Fighting continues, and the UN is meeting to decide on further actions (UPDATE: Syria and China have vetoed the latest resolution), including sanctions and possible military intervention. Leila Hilal, the director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, discusses the latest developments.

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Comments [2]

Russia's military-industrial complex has no place to sell its military equipment to. Syria is probably the last place left in the ME were able to sell weapons to. The US sells to the former Eastern Bloc countries that are now part of NATO. The US sells to virtually all the Middle Eastern countries. Russia doesn't care about Assad or anybody. They want to protect what's still left of their ability to export arms for their arms industry, which isn't much. India still buys some Russian planes.

Also, Russia has a naval base in Latakia, Syria, and doesn't want to lose that either.

Jul. 19 2012 10:46 AM
Gary from queens

Former US Attorney and lead prosecutor of the Blind Sheik, Andrew C. McCarthy, is among many conservatives who believe that the US should remain neutral in what is now declared a civil war in Syria.

One argument is that as long as Muslims as killing each other, they're too busy to kill us (ie Non-Muslims).

Another argument is that we have no strategic interest in either side of the conflict prevailing. Sunni or Shia, they are BOTH anti western Islamists who take the Qur'an literally. Qur'anic literalism has remained mainstream in Islamic jurisprudence today—codified and enforced through classical Sharia (the law of Islam).

And whichever side we do take will rebound to our disfavor among arabs throughout the middle east.

When Hilary was in Egypt the other day, she sounded like the US should embrace the discredited Pro Democracy, nation-building the GW Bush had embarked upon. In Syria, or anywhere else in the Muslim world, that would be pure folly. The evidence for that is now clear.

Jul. 19 2012 10:02 AM

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