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Syria's situation could be worse

Chad Groening   (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, December 10, 2012

A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor does not believe supporting Syria's rebels to overthrow President Bashar Assad is going to help the Syrian people.

Various news reports have revealed that Assad is secretly negotiating with Latin American countries for political asylum for himself, his family and his associates in the event he is forced to flee Damascus.

Israel's Haaretz reports that one of those countries is Venezuela, which has a cozy relationship with Syria. For instance, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has provided Assad with fuel so the regimes tanks and armored personnel carriers can operate against the rebels.

Maginnis, BobWhile the general consensus is that Assad's days are numbered, retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis, who is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, does not think Republicans like John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) calling for a more aggressive support of the rebels is such a great idea.

"My concern about the rebels is that the rebels in Syria are not unlike the rebels in Libya -- and that is you have a sizeable contingent of rebels that are al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists," Maginnis notes. "If they take over Syria, as they might, they would send that country in a very different direction, and it would suit our best interests."

He believes the U.S. should keep in mind what happened in similar "Arab Spring" revolutions in places like Egypt and Libya.

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