"Analysts agree that the erosion of the Syrian regime’s capabilities is accelerating, that it continues to retreat, making a rebel breakthrough and an Islamist victory increasingly likely. In response, I am changing my policy recommendation from neutrality to something that causes me, as a humanitarian and decades-long foe of the Assad dynasty, to pause before writing: Western governments should support the malign dictatorship of Bashar Assad.and:
Here is my logic for this reluctant suggestion: Evil forces pose less danger to us when they make war on each other. This keeps them focused locally, and it prevents either one from emerging victorious and thereby posing a greater danger. Western powers should guide enemies to a stalemate by helping whichever side is losing, so as to prolong their conflict."
"On the happy day when Mr. Assad and Tehran fight the rebels and Ankara to mutual exhaustion, Western support then can go to non-Baathist and non-Islamist elements in Syria, helping them offer a moderate alternative to today’s wretched choices and lead to a better future."The Zionist Yinon-esque plan is to help the rebels just enough so that Assad and the rebels are both damaged enough for Israel to step in and steal some more land, with the Syrian central government left so weakened that it poses even less of of threat to Israel than it does now. Pipes is saying that this is the time to stop rebel support, as the central government has been weakened enough, and the danger is that continued support will lead to an Islamist government in Syria which will be closely allied with the strengthened Turkish government.
The trick here - and there is always a trick with the neocons - is that 'the erosion of the Syrian regime’s capabilities is' NOT 'accelerating', and it is not retreating, and Pipes must know that. Pipes is also remarkably upset with the 'increasingly rogue Turkish government', especially as the 'increasingly rogue Turkish government' prepares to enter into huge gas and gas pipeline deals with the Jews. I assume that the Zionists have concluded that the Syrian civil war has weakened Syria enough, and its continuation is weakening the Jewish gas bargaining position with the Turks. If so, watch for the Americans to use this bizarre 'al Qaeda' merger announcement as an excuse to back out of physical support for the Islamists, leaving the husk of Syria behind.