Syrian Revolt: Should the U.S. Intervene?
What happens if the U.S. military does nothing?
- Duration 4:41
- Date Aug 3, 2011
What happens if the U.S. military does nothing?
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I'll tell you what happens if we just do nothing and Syria and NY -- so important for us to know about.
Both Syria is vitally important to just -- because of where its base is right next to Turkey to Israel to lead and on to Iraq.
And therefore it's a vitally important country now it being a vitally important country and region and He doesn't mean it becomes -- strategic interest for the US to get involved.
-- you correctly say would be the full civil war quote -- quote for the Muslim country.
And as things stand in Pakistan as things stand in Libya in Yemen and Saudi Arabia and even in Iraq.
I don't think I'm not to forget Afghanistan I didn't think it's -- wise for the United States to be.
Heading into another -- or old to be in the good to be involved in in any significant way.
In a country that's close to say to France -- to -- -- the Italians withdrawing their ambassador yesterday was a good sign.
I think it's more for the Europeans -- taken he'd rather than for America to be taking -- lead.
And all of that said let's not forget that and this is an unpopular position and may not be you know fashionable.
But the vast majority -- Syria and Syrians still remained quiet.
Whatever that is an indication of wanting special panel on the streets protesting in Damascus role in and a -- How -- has always been a population of 700000 people who -- agitated because of this Sunni.
A background because -- for the fact that they felt Baath regime have nationalized too much in the 1960s.
And -- sectarian issues -- a population of about 700000.
Let's not forget the nineteen million of the Syrians -- still quiet and therefore it's wise I think to take a backseat.
And broadly -- of the president's -- in other -- calculating and making sure the United States doesn't find itself in another conflict which becomes intractable.
Yet you know you you talk about it kind of in terms of that.
Cultural intervention I talk about her some money I mean it's just like to be -- -- we keep getting involved in these things -- -- you know world.
We're kind of spreading ourselves -- but if not us then whom.
Well this I.
I'm glad to broadly agree that it's -- the United States -- should be the Europeans.
Damn place France and Italy have a historical tie with a country.
And for all intents and purposes.
People in Damascus or at least -- regime in Damascus is closer to France.
And you know I I I anticipate -- can lead in the Russians but the Russians also close.
Large numbers all of the Syrian military lead to a trained in Russia and -- of political elite went to university in Russia in the eighties.
It's less like the situation -- the United States had with Egypt and the Egyptian military getting this and -- do we just have to bear in mind that the seriousness Egypt.
And this argument that as of blood blood blood bath and -- going on yes the some truth to that.
But let's bear in mind that if the United States were to be involved in directly overthrowing the -- regime.
We are looking back to Max mass blood Basel I -- and others killed in that thousands less like what happened in Iraq and talking we will tonight on lessons from Iraq and just to retreat to not get -- and involved because people are getting killed.
-- getting killed a significant now but if there is of -- in this regime it has meant it to people that committed.
To lose it everything in this and -- -- and millions more so I think we'll -- just you know and hold our horses on this one and let things play out.
Naturally within the status quo in Syria.
Yeah look how long and how extensive it's been for a sustained -- just in the air for the NATO mission in Libya.
I mean and if anybody thought that that Qaddafi and his kids were just gonna walk away from this whole thing they must have been like sip of something that's not legal.
Well that's try to look look where we are now as you say -- Libya and then -- the situation in Yemen.
And then there's an -- country as radicalized against the United States.
-- yeah and actually there's a reason for us get involved there.
I mean there's more bad concentration of of terrorism against the United States and aimed here out of coming out -- and then there is anywhere in the world right now except for maybe Somalia.
Something he's -- how to -- is pretty bad.
Pakistan already dealing with we went -- and we got Osama bin Laden and -- there we're gonna have to deal with -- -- slightly different way.
But I mean if there were ever an argument -- -- Yemen before Olivia.
If if it's going to be categorized in that sense then yes that's still caution about the US getting involved in Yemen directly I think it's better to do it through proxies for example getting -- Saudi allies.
To be more involved in taking the saudis.
Out -- think that's gonna happen.
Well it remains to be seen but I don't think the United States getting involved.
-- -- every time the terrorists threaten the US has directly involved and it hasn't played out well.
Even in Afghanistan or in Pakistan and the US ought to learn from -- -- smartly and -- now.
And more indirectly in the US is capable of doing that.