October 28, 2012
Arming Syria's Rebels Still a Bad Idea
Rachel Stohl & Alison Giffen, Politico
The rebels lack a cohesive political and military leadership and command and control. They are becoming more atomized. More sophisticated and/or powerful arms don’t solve this problem or make the rebels any more credible with Syria’s diverse citizenry or the international community. On the contrary, it could accelerate a devolution of the crisis and fuel an asymmetric conflict in which both sides are committing abuses.