A few thoughts, from someone who also has relatives pinned down in Syria from these few years past.
- When it comes to “dictatorship”, Assad is not Hussein nor Qadaffi. In fact, it is possible if Syria were to hold free and fair elections tomorrow, he would win. Assad remains popular among the ethnic and religious minorities, because he prevents Sunni fundamentalists (of which ISIS is just the newest group) from wiping out those minorities.
- The Syrian rebels are known to have captured Syrian weapons supply depots. Therefore, it is very difficult (well, impossible) to know who used certain weapons where. The above makes it appear as if it is known.
- Disturbing as it may be to some, Russia is the invited partner of Syria to help them wage this civil war. We’re not. Their status is legal, ours is not.
- We have dual motives in Syria; ISIS and regime change. Because of “regime change”, we cannot coordinate with Russia against ISIS. This has decreased the effectiveness of both militarys against the terror group.
Just a few thoughts worth thinking about.