Should there be Intervention in the Syrian Uprising?
How can the West assist to free Syria from the grasps of President's Assad regime? The recent UN decision was to stay out ONLY because Russia and China vetoed it. Russia is making sure their old ally and only foothold in the middle east continues, while China really has no other reason to vote against it except to be difficult.
As the countries in the UN play this cat and mouse political game, Syrian army forces are crushing Homs, the birthplace of the rebellion that has been revolting for 10 months. While some of the Syrian army has defected creating a Syrian Free Army. While it is helpful, it is not enough.
It was 30 years ago that the current President Assad's father, surrounded another uprising and killed thousands to crush it. Now his son, an eye doctor, is doing the same. I find this so ironic for this Assad lived in the UK for years and went to school there until his father died. His brother is commander of a Syrian tank division.
Finally, the US is considering some sort of military options. The most likely would be to provide weapons and agents or mercenaries through Turkey with their help. The Turks have a few brigades along the border and have clashed with Syrian forces before who crossed the border. Assassinating Assad would be the best, yet , that may not even make a difference because others are in line to assume control. The only direct military intervention possible would be to have Turkish forces cross the border to divert Syrian resources toward them and away from Homs. This would offer a respite from artillery barrages and house to house fighting. It would also show the rebellion international support. Some have suggested a "no-fly" zone. This would be a direct intervention into Syria's airspace and could provoke their aircraft to intercept and could give reason for Syria to launch missiles across the border to Turkey or Israel. Some note economic sanctions, which is about as effective as not doing anything because Syria has been loans from Iran and Russia.
So far, 7000 have been killed. Many are women and children as collateral damage. If something is not done, Assad will eventually win.
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