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Americans - left, right, Democrats and Republicans - are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice but rather a last resort after earlier failures. The United States long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So, after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of Sept. 11, 2001, we promised in 2001 to stay on.
Syria's deputy oil minister defected and posted his parting words to President Bashar Assad in a video on YouTube Thursday, calling the regime criminal and urging his colleagues to also abandon the "sinking ship."
Sen. John F. Kerry, chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that the violent crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime shouldn't be tolerated but that the United States and the international community must respond "in a responsible way."
The U.N. humanitarian chief got the first look inside the shattered district of Baba Amr on Wednesday but found most people already had fled the rebellious neighborhood in Homs following a devastating military siege.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the first time Wednesday revealed that the United States is preparing basic plans to attack Syria to stop President Bashar Assad from killing unarmed protesters against the government.
Two other senators have endorsed Sen. John McCain's call for airstrikes to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad's lethal, 11-month-long crackdown on dissenters.
The Islamist militant group Hamas would remain on the sidelines if a war broke out between Israel and Iran, according to a British newspaper's interview with a senior Hamas official.