Wednesday, August 28, 2013

If We Attack, Kill Assad

From the always provocative Bret Stephens, at the Wall Street Journal, "Target Assad":
Should President Obama decide to order a military strike against Syria, his main order of business must be to kill Bashar Assad. Also, Bashar's brother and principal henchman, Maher. Also, everyone else in the Assad family with a claim on political power. Also, all of the political symbols of the Assad family's power, including all of their official or unofficial residences. The use of chemical weapons against one's own citizens plumbs depths of barbarity matched in recent history only by Saddam Hussein. A civilized world cannot tolerate it. It must demonstrate that the penalty for it will be acutely personal and inescapably fatal.

A great piece, although it doesn't answer the $64,000 question: why are we siding with al Qaeda? See Robert Fisk for that, "Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side?"