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  • john mcarthurjohn mcarthur

    Just catching up here...

    I think this is a good piece, although R2P is probably a bigger debate than the author suggests.

    The Syria issue looks to be as much about resolving a US foreign policy credibility problem (as applies to other situations and regions) as it is about a problem of the Syrian people on the ground. The US foreign policy establishment is trying to figure out how to define a modern US commitment to deterrence all around the world -- including in Asia, where it supports the security of places like Japan and Korea. All this amidst a rightfully war-weary populace.

    On the international law issues, my friend Jared Genser put out this piece last week with former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler: http://huff.to/1a6ZfNz

    Others might be interested in the SyriaDeeply website, which Lara Setrakian and team have created over the past couple of years in an effort to create a source of more systematic and detailed coverage (beyond the 30,000 foot media cycles): http://beta.syriadeeply.org/

  • Ben GoldhirshBen Goldhirsh

    this is such a valuable perspective to share. thank you. I spent the weekend shook by Obama's speech on saturday. I think this post references some big issues with our plan. Does their breech of law warrant a breech on our part? I come down where you came down in terms of slowing the drumbeat. I think another interesting question that this pulls up is what is our willingness to allow internal evolution to occur with all its ugliness and challenges. America certainly evolved through these phases and is stronger for that. Can another country expedite? does the awareness provided through modern communications mandate such intervention? Do modern weapons change the equation for internal evolution now that dictators can better defend themselves than in the case of revolutions in centuries past? All so important and pressing in this era. Thanks for starting this discussion.