on seeing talk about how the Obama administration should do more to oust Assad.
actually think the best way to get rid of Assad would be to remove the roadblock
posed by the possibility that the ouster would be followed by a punitive
repression of minorities (Christians, Armenians, and such) who supported the
regime. But I don't know if such a removal is possible. Overall, to my
surprise, I tend to agree with this Washington
Times column by Daniel Pipes.
if eventually the borders of the Middle East will be re-drawn. I could see it,
Iraq and Lebanon all being reconfigured. I am not sure what that would mean for
the Kurds. It will be interesting to watch the role Turkey plays in all this -- as
a relatively stable, prosperous member of NATO whose interests extend deep into
the affected states.