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    • zionist forever
    • 05.12.12 | 23:20 (IST)

    1918 - Germany looses WW1 and the allies demand that the Keiser step down, no more strongman leaves a power vacuum allowing the charismatic Hitler to rise to power. 1945 - Japan surrenders but the US leaves the emperor in place but as a powerless constitutional monarch create a recognisable and respected figurehead and Japen has been a post war success story. 1991 - Desert Storm, the US decides to leave Saddam Hussain in power but with a smashed military and sanctions to keep him controlled. He was just as brutal to his own people but Iraq was stable. 2003 - Iraqi Freedom - US decides to get rid of Saddam and the result of losing the strong man didn't bring peace and stability, more Iraqis have been killed in the past 10 years by each other than Saddam himself ever did and today Iraq is a terror hotbed and a threat to the whole Gulf region. As bad as Assad is for the sake of regional stability and the Syrian people themselves it would have been better if the west had helped to create a diplomatic solution that left Assad in power rather than publicly supporting the rebels. Now Al Quaida have joined some of the rebels and the fighting is spreading into Lebanon and the Golan. The best solution would have been a Saddam Hussain situation where the west left Assad in power but controlled through UN sanctions and a no fly zone.

    from the article: Assad seeking political asylum in Latin America if forced to flee Syria
    First published 09:18 05.12.12 | Last updated 09:18 05.12.12
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