August 28th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

For U.S., Syria is truly a problem from hell

By Peter Bergen

What is widely recognized as the most authoritative study of the United States' responses to mass killings around the world - from the massacres of Armenians by the Turks a century ago, to the Holocaust, to the more recent Serbian atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and the ethnic cleansing of the Tutsis in Rwanda - concluded that they all shared unfortunate commonalities:

"Despite graphic media coverage, American policymakers, journalists and citizens are extremely slow to muster the imagination needed to reckon with evil. Ahead of the killings, they assume rational actors will not inflict seemingly gratuitous violence. They trust in good-faith negotiations and traditional diplomacy. Once the killings start, they assume that civilians who keep their head down will be left alone. They urge cease-fires and donate humanitarian aid."

This is an almost perfect description of how the United States has acted over the past two years as it has tried to come up with some kind of policy to end the Assad regime's brutal war on its own people in Syria.

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  1. Random

    Americans are fed up with politically correct, and thus unwinnable wars. Well atleast this one is.
    I actually support waiting until decisive action is justified and then deliver the crushing blow the world knows we can.
    This is not going to end without a ton of blood spilled, not in egypt, not in syria, not anywhere you have a state trying to form inside of another state. The only question left unanswered is how long will it take this time for the world, not just americans to identify evil, and work together to crush it. Only by crushing it forcefully will it ever end.
    We didn't get to a time of peace and general well being by giving germany hand outs, money, military training and equipment. We went and beat the life out of them. It isn't pretty but reality rarely is when humans are involved.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • Random

      Good post mr B

      August 28, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Quinton

      Well put, Random. The U.S. has come under the dictatorship of the all powerful M.I.C. who now owns the White House and 90% of Congress. This evil, I'm afraid will go on and on and................!

      August 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
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    August 28, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
  3. saeed

    Israel will be reduced to dust Jewish children will be beaten with a metal rod for 100 days and there will be blood from the asses of Jewish children. hit these Jews with all the missiles of Syria Iran and Hezbollah combined. death to the irish ghanaian jewish half breeds.

    August 28, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
    • wolfhound

      Do you think you can be a little more hateful towards other human beings. Your not any better than the US or Syrian government. Retard! Go crawl back under your camel and get a drink.

      August 28, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • jonny

      Big talk saeed How many times have you idiots tried and failed, Countless times, The only ones turned to dust will be you idiots starting a war you have no hope of winning and you know it.

      August 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply

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