Robert Scheer TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_prince_meet_the_man_who_co-opted_democracy_in_the_middle_east_20130826/ Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era. How slick for this head of the Saudi Intelligence...
Armed intervention by foreign powers in Syria will not bring an end to the present bloody stalemate. The priority should rather be to prevent the continuing escalation in the violence and the further disintegration of Syrian society.
That's the problem with a slippery slope: once you send in small arms and ammunition, next comes anti-tank weapons, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and – oops! – before you know it, you’re bombing Syrian airports and imposing a no-fly zone.
A fast-paced, wide-ranging discussion of the turmoil roiling the region with Prof. Joel Beinin of Stanford Unviversity. (58 mins)