Monday, December 30, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- December 30, 2013

The Coming Bloodbath in Syria -- Andrew L. Peek, The Fiscal Times

Barrel bombs are the new normal. These crude weapons are filled with TNT and dropped from Syrian government aircraft. On December 28th, they obliterated part of a market in Aleppo and killed at least 25 people, including children.

Their crudeness is useful—a more sophisticated weapon might blur the disastrous disconnect between Obama’s post-power fantasy of a foreign policy and the realpolitik knife-fight reality of the Syrian war. Already, this conflict has killed roughly as many people as did the Bosnian genocide, and there’s no relief in sight. Once Assad wins the war, the killing will only continue.

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Syrians cannot afford for next year to be like this year -- Jim Murphy, New Statesman

Syria and the banality of evil -- Michael Young, NOW

How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War -- Sarah Birke, New York Review Of Books

Al-Qaeda's Big Year -- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Politico Magazine

It’s going to get bad fast between Israel and the US -- Lazar Berman, Times of Israel

Self-defense - Israel’s only option? -- Jagdish N. Singh, Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia Seeks to Extend Influence-Buying With Lebanon Arms -- Glen Carey and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg Businessweek

Iran, Turkey’s New Ally? -- Vali R. Nasr, New York Times

Brotherhood rightly branded terrorist -- Linda S. Heard, Gulf News

The rising tide of India-Japan relations -- Vivek Sengupta, Pragati

Japan's Abe Gets the Silent Treatment in China -- Adam Minter, Bloomberg

South Sudan must resolve ethnic conflicts to be a nation at peace -- Abdul Mohammed and Alex de Waal, Washington Post

Central African Republic needs international help -- Dieudonné Nzapalainga and Omar Kabine Layama, Washington Post

The South Sudan Clashes Are No Tribal War -- Valentino Deng, Daily Beast

The Volgograd bombs are a warning over Olympic excess -- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

A Mission Gone Wrong. Why are we still fighting the drug war? -- Mattathias Schwartz, New Yorker

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