Albuquerque Journal: America should not rush into Syria’s war

By Senator Tom Udall:

Like many, I am deeply disturbed about the current civil war in Syria. The atrocities committed by the Assad regime, including his army, varying militias and groups deserve strong international condemnation. And those fighting his oppression deserve support.

However, before we assume a more active role to counter Assad’s warfare by rushing to aid a largely unknown insurgency, we must consider the long-term implications and lessons from the not so distant past.

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure to arm the Syrian opposition with heavy weapons. While a bipartisan majority on the committee believes the U.S. should intervene in yet another overseas civil war, a bipartisan minority – myself included – disagree.

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