As we move forward we should acknowledge that this is more than a civil war, it’s a battle for control of the region and that any escalation may bring more escalation.
But at some point, our resolve has to go further on our entire Middle East policy. Appeasing dictators is fraught with risk. We have to make decisions on who will be with us and then support those partners unequivocally. At some point we have to realize that having olive branches shot out of our hands is not a way to peace.