October 28, 2012

Arming Syria's Rebels Still a Bad Idea

Rachel Stohl & Alison Giffen, Politico

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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.

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UN Must Prevent Regional War in Mideast
The Australian
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The Curse of Lebanon
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No Time for Panic over Lebanon
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