Opinion: There is no easy solution to the crisis in Syria
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - There is no easy solution in Syria.
Here is the situation, Syrian President Bashar al Assad is at war with rebels in his country.
Assad is a dictator who has been reported to be gassing his own people. The images of men, women and little children suffocated from gas are truly haunting.
There have been as many as eight chemical attacks by the Syrian government in a little over a year, according to the United Nations.
In the past, America would have probably pushed to remove Assad and deal with the consequences as they come. Iraq is an example of that very approach.
That is not a good option in Syria. Why? Because some of the rebels fighting against Assad are radical jihadists. ISIS rose in Syria as part of an opposition to Bashar al Assad.
So, what to do? Similar to last year’s response to a suspected chemical attack, the U.S. and Israel will likely carry out a string of missile strikes against Syrian military installations. Strikes like that are a statement. They are not likely to remove Assad but do serve as punishment and represent condemnation.
Here is the bottom line: the old adage of you break it you buy it applies to international relations. Any action in Syria has to be done while keeping mind that a failed state there would likely give land and power back to ISIS and other bad actors. The only answer that makes sense is, through air strikes and diplomacy, to push Assad out and replace him with a consensus leader who could keep Syria off the radical path.