November 13, 2012

Among Syria's Rebels, Heartbreak and Blood

Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

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About 40,000 people have been killed in the Syrian uprising so far, according to some estimates. Assad uses jet fighters and helicopters to strafe his own cities. The war is a humanitarian cataclysm. Intervention, even through air power alone, poses enormous challenges and dangers for the West. But standing idly by also comes with a terrible price.

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