Middle East Expert: ‘This Is Not Libya’
Posted on Aug 30, 2013
With five Tomahawk cruise missile-equipped U.S. Navy destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean Sea for a possible strike on Syria, Jadaliyya ezine co-founder and director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Bassam Haddad says a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government could escalate into multinational war.
“[T]he issue here also is the fact that the situation can spin out of control in a very, very quick manner,” Haddad told “Democracy Now!” on Friday. “You have a very strong opposition to this strike, even from the camp that the U.S. is allied with, including Britain, as we have seen. We have international actors, like Russia and China, who are clearly not just against this move, but there have—there has been some movement, some military movements and preparations on the Russian side. You have a regional environment that is also, in many ways, opposed to this, including, of course, the allies of Syria in the region. And we have a possibility of this becoming something much more than what many envision. This is not Libya. Syria has a lot of allies locally. The Syrian terrain is very different than that of Libya. And we’re looking at a potential serious set of consequences that actually might not be in favor of anyone, and certainly, in all cases, the Syrian people will be the victims.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.