Buffers and No-fly

Francois Hollande, the French president, declared on Monday night that he and his international partners were closer than ever before to a formal intervention in Syria.

“We are working … [on] the initiative of buffer zones proposed by Turkey,” Mr Hollande said. “We are doing so in co-ordination with our closest partners.” telegraph

There is nothing remotely good about what is happening in Syria. Assad is a butcher, he’s backed by Iran and Hezbollah. But much of his opposition are Sunni hardliners.

Little wonder there is a refugee crisis. And therefore a reasonable call for the creation of buffer zone. But to have that you need to have air superiority which will mean a no-fly zone. And once you go there things begin to get messy.

Worse, while getting rid of Assad is a good thing, what replaces him is not likely to be terrifically attractive.

I don’t think there is a good solution to Syria, just several solutions which are, potentially, less bad than the current slaughter.

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2 thoughts on “Buffers and No-fly

  1. Bob Devine says:

    Except for how to handle the refugees there is nothing to decide and we should NOT require or send in troops from any other country. They are having a civil war and everyone else should stay out of it. It is none of our business.

    • jaycurrie says:

      I am inclined to agree Bob. The only way the West should even think of going in is to actually fumigate the place. Clear the chem weapons, root out Hezbollah and such like. Which is not going to happen so I’m afraid the Syrians are just going to have to shoot it out amongst themselves.

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