In Syria, Answering
Atrocity With Atrocity Should Achieve More Atrocity
By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News
Are you saying that doing nothing in Syria is the best option?
The unpleasant reality in Syria is that there are no good choices, for the U.S. or much of anyone else. But the crushing reality is that, comparatively, the U.S. and perhaps the world will be better off keeping Assad in power for the nonce, rather than coping with the likely chaos flowing uncontrollably from any other outcome.
There is no good reason to make a bad situation worse. It's likely to get worse all on its own, and unimaginably worse if the government starts to fall.
But wouldn't it be good if the "rebels" won?
Not likely. No one knows who the "rebels" are with any certainty, except that we know they are anything but a united, coherent force. We don't even know if any of them have goals worthy of support. There are many rebel groups with as many interests, most of them lethal -- to each other, to their neighbors, to everyone.