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Two Things You May Not Know About Syria

1) Washington has been financing opposition groups in Syria since at least 2006, as exposed by Wikileaks in 2011. From WaPo:

TheĀ State DepartmentĀ has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.

2) Syria’s relationship with the U.S. broke down when it opposed the Iraq war in 2003. From the State Department:

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 the Syrian Government began limited cooperation with United States in the global war against terrorism. However, Syria opposed the Iraq war in March 2003, and bilateral relations with the United States swiftly deteriorated. In December 2003, President Bush signed into law the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, which provided for the imposition of a series of sanctions against Syria if Syria did not end its support for Palestinian terrorist groups, end its military and security interference in Lebanon, cease its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, and meet its obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.

Syria is no model nation, but some balance and background are sorely needed in this debate. Even people in the DoD I’ve spoken with scoff at the idea of this as a civil war in the traditional sense. It is an invasion by mercenaries financed by third party nations, technically speaking. Not a civil war.

Though some progress has been made, the deal is tenuous. The CIA is still funneling weapons to rebel groups. It is far from being resolved, and the risks of further intervention are real.

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