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June 20, 2013

Edward Luttwak: 5 rules for arming Syrian rebels

It was for several good and solid reasons that President Obama’s administration long resisted pressures to intervene more forcefully in Syria’s civil war. To start with, there is the sheer complexity of a conflict at the intersection of religious, ethnic, regional and global politics, as illustrated by the plain fact that the most Westernized of Syrians (including Christians) support the Assad government that the United States seeks to displace, while its enemies are certainly not America’s friends and, indeed, include the most dangerous of Muslim extremists. But no matter: After two years of restraint, the administration – having decided to send “direct military assistance” to the rebels – has chosen sides and is now choosing sides within sides.

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