June 26, 2013

Andrew Sullivan on Syrian non-intervention

Illustration by George Butler

To my mind, Andrew Sullivan has put together the most reasoned and forceful argument against intervention expressed to date:
"These are not our religious wars. We had ours in the 16th and 17th centuries. No one intervened to police ours  – and because of that, we arrived at our own liberal evolution."
He continued:
"Non-intervention can be a blessing in resolving core internal conflicts that need to be resolved internally before a new order can arise. That may take decades or centuries. And if we are yanked by every outbreak into intervention, we shall indeed soon be like Gulliver."
In full here.

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