Arguing against “Limited” Strikes on the Assad Regime
by Daniel Pipes
August 28, 2013
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
Warfare is a very serious business whose first imperative is to deploy force to win – rather than topunish, make a statement, establish a symbolic point, or preen about one’s morality.
|Bashar al-Assad, strongman of Syria.|
Yet, these latter are precisely what several Western states will accomplish if they respond to the Syrian government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians with “limited” strikeslasting one or two days against fewer than fifty sites. Briefly lobbing American, British, and other missiles against the regime without a concomitant readiness todeploy ground troops will neither overthrow the government nor change the course of the war. It will, however, allow Westerners to feel good about themselves.It will also entail real dangers. Bashar al-Assad’s notorious incompetence means his response cannot be anticipated. Western strikes could, among other possibilities, inadvertently lead to increased regime attacks on civilians, violence against Israel, an activation of sleeper cells in Western countries, or heightened dependence on Tehran. Surviving the strikes also permits Assad to boast that he defeated the United States.
In other words, the imminent attack entails few potential benefits but many potential drawbacks. As such, it neatly encapsulates the Obama administration’s failed foreign policy. (August 28, 2013)
So we have Manatee Holdings at Gartley Point.
Have a look at this example of what’s going on along the west shore of Denman Island.
The beginning of the Industrial Comox Valley. Take lots of pictures – it’s changing fast.
Very happy with this new lens. Great shots through glass with 70-300 mm lens with VR on a float plane. VR worked flawlessly. If I knew what I was doing, they would be fantastic. Took something like 800 pictures – just kept clicking. Images straight out of the camera – no touch ups. Great shots along the waterfront from Courtenay down to Deep Bay and then back up along Denman Island. Perfect day. Was able to put together some stunning panoramas. Bonus, got to see how the really rich folks live along the waterfront
NOTE: These images are copyrighted. Enjoy viewing.
We are so lucky to live in this magnificent area. Why is there such a rush to make it like everywhere else that has been destroyed in the name of the almighty dollar?
This is Gartley Point. Manatee had road put in to accommodate this growing monstrosity. Look at the scale – see how small the truck is compared to everything else. Is this what is coming to your neighbourhood? Is this just the beginning?
Is this an exodus due to what UBID has planned for the financial future of less than 700 households to pick up the millions good ole Kensington Island Properties was ‘providing’ the community?
Our elected officials will be putting forth a bullshit feast in the near future. They’re open and accountable just like they said they would be – right? Every thing they say is the absolute truth and they are not keeping information from you – right? They don’t avoid answering questions honestly – right? Ask them how great they are – they will provide you with an account of the pride they have for what they have done for you – this community – right?