Assad must go….. Russia be damned, he has to go… 45 years is more than long enough to leave such a dynasty in control……… His, and his father’s, systematic extermination of their own people is far worse, at least for Syria, than anything ISIS/ISIL has done. Don’t misunderstand, ISIS/ISIL has to go too, but unless the Assad regime is removed, ISIS/ISIL will not be removed, no matter what the world does. I understand that ISIS/ISIL will rush in to fill the power vacuum left by the removal of Assad, and though it sounds crazy, we should let them.
With any luck, ISIS/ISIL will rush in, from all over the region. They will deem it the new headquarters of their empire, meaning the majority of the leadership will pour in, from all over, to basque in the glow of their victory. That is when we strike, when all of the heads of the beast are in one place. When I say we, I mean the World. Troops, of all nations should be massed on ALL of the borders of Syria. Once Syria is full with ISIS/ISIL, the order should be given, the troops should roll, and the extermination of all who don’t surrender should commence, and shouldn’t stop until ISIS/ISIL is completely eradicated, from every inch of Syria. No, hesitance, no gaps in the gauntlet to let them escape to neighboring countries.
The cancer must be removed, all of it, and though it is a terrible fate, even in cancer surgery, some healthy tissue is sacrificed to ensure that none is left in the body, so should it be with Syria. The hope is that the majority of those that are not ISIS/ISIL sympathizers, will flee with the falling of Assad, and we shouldn’t let the refugees that have already left to re-enter, for their own safety, until the operation is complete. I know not all of the innocent will be able to leave, but that is why the option to surrender is left on the table. Believe me, if we could be assured that there were no innocents left in the country, I would support a no surrender, “kill ‘em all” type of policy. Again, ISIS/ISIL is a cancer, and must be dealt with as such.
I know Russia will be a problem, but really, they will be their own problem. You see, this should be done, with or without them, and if they don’t agree to be part of the solution, It will be made clear to the World that Russia’s support of the Assad regime for all these years is what caused the problem in the first place. Without Russia’s support, the people of Syria would have already removed the Assad Regime, believe me. So, Russia can bear the blame for the whole debacle, or they can be part of the solution, up to them. Wouldn’t break my heart to see Russia embarrassed, and lose all influence in the Middle East. Which, incidentally, would have a “Shut up and get out of the way!” effect on Iran. Losing both their sponsor, and biggest ally in the region, would no doubt make Iran lower their arrogant head a little, to keep it from being lopped off.
So let us free Syria, first from Assad and then from ISIS/ISIL……. Anything less would be no better than doing nothing at all……