The devil you know is still the devil

Politicians and pundits are claiming that the fall of Assad's regime could damage the Middle East's stability. Comical oxymorons aside, ending Assad's tyranny could not possibly make things worse than they already are.

April 6, 2011 19:24
4 minute read.
Syrian protesters in Daraa

Syrian protesters in Daraa 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)


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Commenting on the protests in Syria, pundits both in Israel and abroad have waxed eloquent on how the fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime could harm regional stability and, as one article in The New York Times suggested, “could dash any remaining hopes for a Middle East peace agreement.” Some even suggest that the result would be increased Iranian influence in Lebanon. Their refrain throughout: the devil you know is better than the devil that might come next.

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