Syria: Tell Me How This Ends

Peace and power-sharing, or perpetual war?

In the search for effective proxies in Syria, the U.S. has found the Kurdish YPG militia to be the best bet. It may be the group most willing to fight ISIS but also the one least infected by Islamist extremism. The Obama administration was prepared to overlook the YPG’s links to the PKK, the Kurdish terrorist group in Turkey, to the Bashar Assad regime and to Iran. It still hesitated, though, to provide the YPG with the heavy arms that would be necessary to take back Raqqa, ISIS’s capital, for fear of offending Turkey.

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Syria: Tell Me How This Ends

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A missed opportunity.

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Labour needs more than a makeover.

On Tuesday, Britain’s Labour party adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism that prevails across the civilized world. But don’t break out the champagne and party blowers quite yet. A formal declaration of the kind won’t wash the stain of Jew-hatred left by leader Jeremy Corbyn and his triumphant entourage of keffiyeh-clad cranks and unreconstructed Stalinists.

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