Originally published in the Washington Times under the title, “The Case for Assad” and at DanielPipes.org.

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Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.

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  1. I fully agree with the general idea of letting them fight on. The ancient Chinese generals codified it in their 36 Stratagems of War: "Delay entering the field of battle until all the other players have become exhausted fighting amongst themselves." While we should be very careful about supporting Assad directly (this could have very negative repercussions as well), but t we should certainly not intervene with Russia' and Iran's attempts to support him.

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