The shameful strategic disaster of Syria’s collapse - Opinion

The shameful strategic disaster of Syria’s collapse

Joel Rubin | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:26 am

When Bashar al-Assad decided to murder his own people at a rate never seen before in the Middle East, beginning in 2011, the world’s governments collectively watched it happen, threw up their hands and failed to stop the carnage. The result is the collapse of a major country in the heart of the Middle East, whose impact will be felt for decades to come.

We should all ask if we could have done more. I know I do, especially since I served in the State Department from 2014 to 2015. I wish that we had done better in the Obama administration. And I also wish that the American people had spoken out more forcefully against the violence. But we didn’t, and the net result is clear.

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