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16 August 2012


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Why should it be ‘too late for any decision Western US to change this fact?’ The logical implication of this analysis would indeed seem to be that we are in the ‘same trench as the Assad regime’, precisely because it and the West have common enemies in the jihadists.

Do we stand to lose – in concrete terms – by concluding that we have made a major strategic error, and acting on the basis of this conclusion?

Lacking expertise on the Middle East, I cannot judge whether in fact a classic renversement des alliances at this point would have serious negative consequences. But I would certainly like to see a ‘realist’ demonstration of what these are, rather than more and more obtuse propaganda about the evils of the Assad regime.

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