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In such cases, the intent is to end violence, not broaden it, and to extend freedom, not restrict it. The main strength of the US in the world has been its moral standing. To enter into a temporary alliance with questionable groups must be done carefully.
Doing nothing in Syria to directly end the fighting has become an immoral choice. Assad is even raining down Scud missiles on civilians in the city of Aleppo. Now, if the US provides military equipment to rebels who are the “good guys,” it is doing something. In this case, it is the higher moral right.
This may be “realism” in foreign policy but it must be done to uplift the moral behavior of rebels clearly in favor of democracy.