But, despite deep divisions among the rebels, the cost of Western indifference is probably higher than the risk of intervention. The international community can no longer hide behind the pretense of ignorance. It lost its innocence decades ago. When faced with the slaughter of civilians, it can no longer pretend that it does not know.
|Syrian children at Turkish refugee camp|
But, beyond ethics, there are geopolitical considerations. With the Arab world in the midst of upheaval, what message does the West want to send? And, with global power in flux, what message is the West sending to the authoritarian regimes that are backing Assad?
These regimes can only read the West’s dithering as a green light for their cynical agendas. This is particularly problematic in the case of
. The less
determination the West demonstrates in Iran , the more the Iranians become
convinced that they can play with the international community’s nerves and
patience indefinitely. Syria
Russia and Iran
continue to send money and weapons, if not military advisers, to , it is
impossible to persist with hypocritical language that can be interpreted only
as a formula for inaction. Threatening the Syrian regime with “terrible
consequences” if it were to use chemical weapons means only one thing: “Bomb
your civilians at will, but use only conventional munitions.” Syria
The time has come to supply the rebels with what they desperately need: anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles. Of course, such a choice carries risks. …
Nevertheless, the risks of passivity, indecision, and incoherence are even greater. The more the West waits, the more radicalized the rebels will become, weakening the standing and influence of moderate forces.
There are no such things as risk free returns, when we are making a crucial decision that is if the return is greater than risk we go for the risk return. Syrian problems need decisiveness in action by West, they can not hangs around edgy buffoon of warding wording…” non lethal non-rational none-arsenal non-operational, BUT while middle east is burning, they will have no asses sitting at the golden oily plunk!