Our panellists battle it outby Richard Perle, John McTernan / July 17, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
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In March 2011 the first protestors demanding political and economic reform from the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad were violently repulsed. Given what has happened since, it is reasonable to ask whether the worst might have been mitigated, or even avoided altogether, had we intervened in Syria three years ago.
Readers of Prospect will know what has happened since: thousands of mostly innocent civilians dead; millions driven into refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and elsewhere; the use of chemical weapons; the end of any near-term prospect that Syria will be stable or humanely governed; intensification of the toxic Sunni-Shia conflict; the growth of Hezbollah and strengthening of its Iranian sponsor; and—not finally, because the list is endless—a recruitment bonanza for jihadists.