Magorn: Well, swap "reasonable" for "self-interested" and you're getting somewhere.
Dr Dreidel: Magorn: Protect the civillians as best you canHardest part of that job? Identifying "civilians".How do you tell the difference between one guy carrying an AK-47 to shop for groceries with one who does it for a living? How do you tell the difference when the same guy holding the same AK-47 uses it for shopping and for a paramilitary organization (because the accounting firm he used to work for in Aleppo is "no longer taking client requests")?If they wear uniforms, they're probably not civilians, but many of the parties to this conflict don't wear uniforms. I also wonder if there are only two sides to this conflict (the meta-conflict, I mean - the Battle for Syria's Soul, not the Assads-vs-rebels).
Lexx: We've got a dictator committing atrocities, a fiercely divided internal resistance which has been decimated by the dictator's forces, and a whole bunch of jihadists-for-hire brought in by other countries who stand to gain from Syria's chaos. The dictator's been proven to use bio-chemical weapons in limited engagements, and the rebels are strongly rumored to have used them as well. The rebels also are pretty much confirmed to be engaging in rape & cannibalism.This is one of those rare cases where the correct answer is "both side are just about equally bad. Send the red cross in with humanitarian aid, but don't actually enable either side".
Magorn: Protect the civillians as best you can
EdNortonsTwin: We already arm bears, why not zombies.
groppet: The more I look at Syria the more I think "The only winning move is not to play" That civil war seems to be a fight of who can be the bigger ahole.
Cagey B: American foreign policy is at the point where the international super-villain is the most reasonable voice here.
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