Does Anyone Really Have Any Idea What The Right Policy In Syria Is?
In Syria, it’s the government versus pro-democracy rebels versus the Islamic State versus the government versus the United States versus Russia versus Iran.
In response to the new involvement of Iranian and Russian soldiers in the Syrian civil war, U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders declared, “We do not want to make a very complex situation in Syria even worse. I support President Obama’s effort to combat the Islamic State in Syria while at the same time supporting those in Syria trying to overthrow the brutal dictatorship of Bashar Assad. I oppose, at this point, a unilateral American no-fly zone in Syria which could get us more deeply involved in that horrible civil war and lead to a never-ending U.S. entanglement in that region.”
To be honest, I don’t know how to respond to this statement. I’m not sure I understand why the creation of a no-fly zone in Syria in particular could get the United States more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war, while other forms of involvement wouldn’t.
I’m not at all certain that any presidential candidate can say with confidence what the right policy in Syria is. There are too many factors involved, changing at too rapid a pace, to justify any assertion about what the right thing to do is.
But then, maybe this perception is just a manifestation my own confusion by the chaotic situation in Syria. Have I got it wrong? Does anyone know of any coherent Syria policy, and have a strong logical line of argument to back it up?