30 Jul '13, 9am

After Checkmate: The Use and Limits of the Chess Analogy Regarding Syria: By: Ranjit Singh and Youssef Aboul-...

Therefore, imagine the remaining pieces after checkmate carrying on the fight, wearing down the opponent on the 64 square board. Envision the squares of this board being influenced by other independent boards that represent neighboring states like Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Iran. Or picture an influx of pawns and rooks onto a square or squares of the board; i.e., non-state actors such as Lebanese Hizbullah, as well as Iraqi Sunni and Shiite factions filtering across the border. Victory in the game of chess is simple and conclusive. But the many concerns that will undoubtedly appear should al-Assad be checkmated are real, probably horrific, and absolutely crucial to the quality of current US decision making on Syria. What will happen to the Alawites, Christians, Kurds, and even Sunnis who supported the old regime, and is the US prepared to intervene on their ...

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