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Syria: don't go there, Mr Obama
Author(s): Nigel McFarlane
Source: The World Today, Vol. 69, No. 2, Special issue: Global winners and losers in a grey
new world (April & May 2013), p. 9
Published by: Royal Institute of International Affairs
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LETTERS

Syria: don't

go there,
Mr Obama

The civil war in Syria is a
tragedy but that does not
mean the answer lies with

rivalry with the Republicans,
and designed to prove that
President George W Bush was
wrong in everything he did.
There is an element of

Missing

the train
You published a list of top
ten train journeys without
mentioning surely the most
iconic of all: The Trans-

politicking in all democracies.
But Washington is in fact
acting with proper caution in
difficult circumstances, and
in accord with the wishes of

Siberian express. I have

the American people who
the Pentagon. Nadim Shehadi have had enough of foreign
wars.. Nigel McFarlane
('America's burnt fingers')
apparently thinks that the
major downside of the
invasion of Iraq is that the

United States is reluctant to

always found that hot tea
and Russian warmth beat
Michelin star food hands
down. Eleanor Pater son

The fast

Use your
intelligence

boat from

China's fleet of Bullet trains
intervene with military force
has cut journey times between
in Syria. Surely this is to
Beijing and Guangzhou
ignore the key lesson of the
invasion of Iraq, namely that
For this route to be
Your article on trans-Asian
force breeds more force.

China

rail networks ('China'spracticable
great will require the
Overt US military
building
intervention in Syria would railway adventure') does
notof some new safety
infrastructure on the Russian
mention an alternative route
have consequences no less
in case of distress,
for China's exports to coast
reach
catastrophic than what
butthe
this is certainly less
happened in Iraq over the pastEurope without passing
Malacca Strait.
expensive than upgrading
10 years. US soldiers would
or standardizing rail lines
instantly become the target of With global warming,
through Central Asia,
all the Sunni Muslim jihadis inthe Arctic route to the north
and involves fewer border
Syria who want to turn it into of Russia and Scandinavia
crossings, with all their
is becoming navigable in
part of a revived Caliphate.
summer. It is estimated that
Shehadi views the actions
bureaucracy and scope
of the Obama Administration
15 per cent of China's exports for bribe-extraction.
Steen Christensen I
in Syria as inspired by political may use this route by 2020.

Susan Hasler ('Covert sexism')
showed the pressures faced
by women in the intelligence
services. It is time the image
of female officers changed the public rely too heavily
on novels, films and television.

How can we encourage smart
young women into careers
in the security services if
they believe they will always
be playing the saucy
Moneypenny to a more

capable Bond?

Sam Horvat

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ob
said:
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identified
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politicians
were
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entire
terrible
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and
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hi
the
people
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work,
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appalling phrase
when
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the
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election,
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suggestions to
middle
class,
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Prime
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nomination
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