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Public Enemy of the Month

Postby Tom Palven » Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:54 pm

Public enemy of the month, Assad, ISIS, or Russia?
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Re: Public Enemy of the Month

Postby TJrandom » Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:39 am

I believe that the correct answer is D - `all of the above`.

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Re: Public Enemy of the Month

Postby Gord » Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:33 am

The Syrian government doesn't want to defeat ISIS, it wants to use ISIS to its own advantage:

Assad does not see ISIS as his primary problem, the businessman says. “The regime fears the Free Syrian Army and the Nusra Front, not ISIS. They [the FSA and Nusra] state their goal is to remove the President. But ISIS doesn’t say that. They have never directly threatened Damascus.” As the businessman notes, the strikes on ISIS targets are minimal. “If the regime were serious about getting rid of ISIS, they would have bombed Raqqa by now. Instead they bomb other cities, where the FSA is strong.” That said, the businessman does not believe that the regime has a formal relationship with ISIS, just a pragmatic one. “The more powerful ISIS grows, the more they are useful for the regime. They make America nervous, and the Americans in turn see the regime as a kind of bulwark against ISIS.”

Give Assad weapons, and he targets his greater enemies with them.
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