Syria's Uncontainable Threat

(Washington Post) Michael Gerson - At some point, it becomes hard to play down the worst refugee crisis since Rwanda and a death count approaching that of the Bosnian war. Some propose to accept that Assad is ascendant and engage him in a counterterrorism strategy. But that would not only reward mass atrocities, it would also be the acceptance of Russian and Iranian strategic dominance in the Middle East and the betrayal of our current friends. Additional help to acceptable rebels? This is beginning to happen. Leaders of aid organizations in Jordan report seeing trucks with Saudi aid driving north across the border into Syria each night. The hope is that Syrians, not generally known for religious radicalism, will marginalize religious radicals in a post-Assad government. But first the rebels must survive.

2014-02-21 00:00:00

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