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Q Nabki weighs in/ Mike Young on the “Discerning Mind” of Syrian Gang-Bangers

Elias sums up my position over the years quite well in his latest posting – Gary Gambill had suggested to me that the National Interest piece was a 30-40% shift-flop but I would differ…. will have more on both shortly… suffice it to say that it is always greatly appreciated when someone criticizes your thinking in a way that accurately summarizes your thoughts etc… as a first matter.

His take is here.

Mike Young has this to say in Now Lebanon:

“Even more puzzling, the Obama administration does not appear to have seriously debated the advantageous role Syria’s crisis might play in thwarting Iranian ambitions. It doesn’t take a particularly discerning mind to understand that the fall of the Assad regime would represent a major blow to Iran in the Levant. Yet instead of thinking the option through, Washington has continued to uphold, against the wishes of a majority of Syrian protesters, the possibility of a dialogue over reform between a sanguinary leadership and its victims.”

— Discerning minds…. Well no, a careful look, ESPECIALLY from a moral/humanitarian angle can indeed have quite a different analysis (but this is an epistemological approach which, sadly, Young so often and so carelessly dismisses in his well crafted, but almost always totalizing thought – i.e. Mike Young’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, though he still cannot see how this is so).

I would argue that one can quite reasonably see how forcing the fall, or even letting it happen laissez faire (which is an impossibility of course) could create the conditions – as we saw in the Iraq war which Young CHEERLEADED – for Iranian gains.

Either way – discerning minds can and should disagree.

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

July 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Posted in ANALYSIS

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