January 23, 2014

Please, Stop the Crocodile Tears over Syria

Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Can we please stop the crocodile tears over Syria? If there’s one thing more nauseating than the Assad torture factories, it’s the synthetic outrage and faux horror that has greeted their discovery. Last year the world had an opportunity to send a signal to the Assad regime. Actually, the world had the opportunity to send a signal to itself. Faced with evidence the Syrian government had been using chemical weapons on its own citizens – effectively choking its own children to death in their beds – we had the chance to take a stand. Not a chance to halt the slaughter overnight, or topple the Assad regime. But to put down a marker that said “You are on notice. We will not simply walk by on the other side. Remember, though the mills of justice grind slowly,...

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January 21, 2014
Only Putin Can End the Syrian Inertia
Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
The key now, as then, is Russia. If Vladimir Putin decides that his interests are no longer served by unqualified indulgence of Bashar al-Assad, then he will move and diplomatic channels will be unblocked. It has happened before,... more ››
January 21, 2014
Can Geneva Solve the Syrian Peace Puzzle?
Daily Telegraph
All parties must beware of Bashar al-Assad’s narrative that Syria’s war has become a struggle between his regime and al-Qaeda. more ››
January 21, 2014
My Lunch with a Jihadi
Elliot Ackerman, The Daily Beast
As a Marine Captain in Iraq, Elliot Ackerman lost men fighting jihadis, but then he found himself breaking bread with a former adversary in a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. more ››
January 21, 2014
Assad's Torture Camps Expose UN Naivety
Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph
What a way to run a peace conference. One minute the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Iranians to attend; the next he is forced into the humiliating position of withdrawing his invitation to Tehran, with all the... more ››
January 21, 2014
Why Assad Has the Upper Hand
Rajan Menon, RealClearWorld
With the battlefield momentum shifting his way, the SNC divided and short on resources and the internal and external opposition split, Assad, despite his many problems, holds a stronger hand than his opponents. With the full... more ››