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The Right Way to Help Syria's Rebels
Dalia Dassa Kaye, David Kaye
The United States can support the insurgents without providing arms.
As diplomatic options for ending the conflict in Syria have failed, calls to arm and provide air support for Syrian rebels are becoming more widespread — with several senators, a former Bush administration senior official and a former Obama State Department official leading the charge.
Although we share their commitment to a humanitarian end to the brutality of the Assad regime, arguments to support the rebels militarily are based on three common assumptions that do not withstand scrutiny:
Military support will make the war shorter and enable the rebels to win.