Syria is a disaster right now, with an oppressive government brutalizing and killing people every day to maintain its loathsome rule. We’ve pulled our embassy and, but for China and Russia, we would have gotten a UN resolution condemning the violence (for all the good that would do; i.e., none). But that’s not enough for some people. There are increasing calls for us to get involved in the situation.
It probably won’t surprise anyone here, but I think this would be a bad idea. The situation is simply appalling; the violence unimaginable. There are videos and images out there that are truly shocking — and I’m difficult to shock. But I don’t see that any good can come of our involvement. It would rally support to the regime, harm the opposition and, even if it worked, not guarantee a worse outcome, as we’re seeing in Egypt.
Perhaps covert help might be acceptable. But I think we need to continue to stay out of this one. Let Russia and Iran burn themselves out supporting these creeps. Their time is coming … all the faster if we stay out.