Prolonging the War in Syria

I read an article yesterday that I simply cannot stop thinking about… it outlined how the US is arming the “rebels” in Syria with light weapons and rudimentary military training in CIA camps in Jordan, both of which are not enough to make a qualitative difference on the ground but just effective enough to keep the war going on for as long as possible. It reminded me of when the US supported both Iran and Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War in order to make sure nobody won but to ensure that they fought each other for as long as possible. Kissinger aptly summarized this strategy with his infamous quote about the Iran-Iraq War: “It’s a pity they both can’t lose.” But they did, and everyone involved in the Syrian war are losing as well.

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