Why Support the Syrian Rebels?

President Obama’s current strategy in Syria, to arm and train moderate rebels and execute airstrikes on the Islamic State, is problematic. The U.S. will have difficulty stabilizing Syria because the Syrian Civil War is a fractured hotbed of violent extremism and radical ideology. Instead, the U.S. must seek a threefold approach of militarily attacking the Islamic State; diplomatically coordinating support among Middle Eastern Sunni countries for strong, politically moderate Syrian leadership; and containing the effects of the Syrian Civil War within Syria. Through supporting the Syrian rebels, Obama unintentionally supports the massacre of Shia Muslims and the growth of...

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