Intervention in Syria: Choose, but Choose Wisely

The temperature had reached about 115 degrees that day in August 2007.  I was a relatively young American soldier sitting in the backyard of a Sunni tribal leader, also known as a sheik, in a western Iraqi town called Ramadi.  Since 2003 this sheik and his followers had been hard at work trying to kill American servicemen.  Aided by foreign elements from al-Qaeda, they proved formidable at their task.  But something had changed by the time I arrived in that backyard.  The Sunnis had grown tired of al-Qaeda’s strong-arm tactics and attempts to institute strict sharia law. Changing tactic,...

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