February 14, 2012
Why Libya Isn't a Model for Syria
Barak Barfi, The New Republic
With the civilian death toll in Syria climbing ever upwards, commentators are increasingly suggesting that Washington and its European allies cobble together a military alliance to depose President Bashar Assad, using as a model the mission against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi. But such optimism overlooks the vast differences between today’s Syria and last year’s Libya. From a superior military to a larger and more entrenched base of support, the Syrian regime possesses many advantages Qaddafi lacked. Those set on intervening would do well to heed the differences.
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