Managing the Endgame in Syria

(Diplomat-Japan) Chuck Freilich - The tragedy of Syria, as in Egypt, is that the chances of a moderate democratic regime evolving are minimal. The former stature of Iran and Hizbullah as revolutionary actors has been greatly tarnished by their avid support for the Assad regime. For Israel, the new regime may be as unsavory as its predecessor and may threaten the four decades of calm that have prevailed on the Golan Heights. In addition, for Israel the use of chemical weapons, or their transfer to Hizbullah or other radical hands, is simply intolerable and it will have no alternative but to prevent this. The writer is an International Security Program Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center.

2012-07-30 00:00:00

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