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Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

Nikolaos van Dam writes that “The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations about Syria. The Western approach to the Syrian uprising has from the very beginning been dominated by an overdose of wishful thinking, because precedence was given to supposedly democratic and moralistic ideals over realpolitik. We should not expect any mercy in the way al-Asad’s regime deals with its opponents: there will be no pardon for the massive armed revolutionary opposition groups that are trying to topple the regime. If the regime were to be toppled, its leaders can expect certain execution. t would be naive to expect President al-Asad to sign his own death warrant. By branding the rule of President al-Asad as illegitimate, Western countries may have been morally just, but they thereby prematurely cut off any opportunity they had to play a constructive role in helping find a political solution.

Did the Killing of Abu Bassir Lead to the First Lattakia Offensive?

by Matthew Barber Make sure to view this amazing video published by Vice News, entitled “Wolves of the Valley.” The video contains daring reporting by Aris Roussinos (@arisroussinos) who entered Idlib to bring us an interesting picture of the front-line in the conflict between ISIS and SRF fighters. Vice’s posting of the video is here. […]

“Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners,” by James McMichael

Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners by James McMichael [jamesmcmichael.dc@gmail.com] for Syria Comment, March 26, 2014 President Obama is considering supplying Syrian rebels with Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (Manpads).  These antiaircraft missiles are small enough to be carried and fired by a single person; they can destroy […]

Sham al-Islam: Its Project and Promise in Healing the Wounded Lands of the Levant

Sham al-Islam: statement of the Emir of Sham al-Islam, Brahim Benchekroune (a.k.a. Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir) a veteran Moroccan jihadist and former Guantanamo inmate, on the occasion of the Kassab offensive of the Anfal campaign 27 March 2014.

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” by James McMichael

Civilians want a negotiated peace as quickly as possible, while rebel fighters are determined to fight on for military victory. Moreover, civilians want a postwar government with limited religious influence, while rebel fighters want a religion-dominated postwar government. Recent survey results show clear-cut differences between the views of civilians and those of rebel fighters with regard to the war and the political future of Syria.