Isolationism might be the popular choice for Americans today, but what’s popular and what’s right are not exactly the same, which is why American culture has often embraced the maverick. It’s time to do so again today. Intervention in Syria may not be popular, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s even the American thing to do, even if most Americans may fail to see it at this stage. We cannot blame the weary, but we can surely blame their leaders for hiding behind their peoples’ weariness and for failing to explain to them the consequences of inaction.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey argues “that only about 10 percent of the casualties suffered by anti-regime forces are caused by air strikes” and that “90 percent are caused by small arms and artillery, which would be unaffected by a no-fly zone.” The problem with this logic is its failure to note the 10% of the casualties caused by air strikes are happening in those liberated parts of Aleppo, Raqqah, Deir Ezzor and Idlib where local elections can take place and local legitimate governing bodies can truly emerge should there be a no-fly zone.
No one in the opposition has advanced the argument that a no-fly zone will stop the killing everywhere in Syria. Our argument has and continues to be focused on the need for allowing legitimate local governments to emerge and actually govern in liberated areas, because it will be mostly up to these governments to legitimize a political process meant to put an end to this crisis. A no-fly zone will go a long way in allowing this to happen.
Micah Zenco argues that “Advocates of military intervention need to define their strategic objectives in Syria and outline how the use of force can accomplish it. So far, no one has done so.” Let’s assume he is correct, that o one has done so, but let’s ask this as well: have people like him who advocate nonintervention outlined the risks that this policy entails for the future of the region and the global order, including potential impact on the national security? Have they tried to inform the American people of these risks? Let Sunni and Shia extremists carve out havens for themselves throughout the Middle East. Then let’s see if American and Western officials try to keep their countries safe from the fallouts.
Battles on the outskirts of Hama City continues http://youtu.be/c_w9H6TmVBM Locals dig through the rubble in search of the dead and wounded http://youtu.be/c_w9H6TmVBM
Homes catch fire in Moadamiyeh Suburb in Damascus on account of the continuous pounding http://youtu.be/UlA4-1eZSbQ
Shelling of neighborhoods inside Damascus City often takes place from artillery positions on top of Mount Qasayoun http://youtu.be/U_KOwtSgH1g This leaked video shows a sample of the soldiers taking part in the pounding, while accusing rebels of using drugs, it’s regime soldiers who often do http://youtu.be/iSb4ol6PJtQ
Missile launchers are also used, especially in targeting rebel strongholds in Eastern Ghoutah: Kafar Batna http://youtu.be/9A0ieqk_-uw
Clashes between loyalists and rebels in the town of Mta’iyeh, Daraa Province http://youtu.be/YcLdVStar9M
Regime forces pound the border point of Bab E-Hawa on the border between Aleppo and Turkey http://youtu.be/dXdV3NspPkE , http://youtu.be/ZJ3p7S_Ywig cluster bombs have been used, and people are scurrying in all directions http://youtu.be/ykWG1PSJlLY , http://youtu.be/nwmwAwtqbhk , http://youtu.be/5iVgeyWRdNk