Syria is not Iraq; we didn’t start this war. It may be time to pick sides and arm the rebels, even though — as in Egypt — we don’t yet know the character of the winners.
A major issue of our time is the choice that the Islamic world has to make regarding the values that it will hold and defend. Will they be values that can be, and are, compatible across cultures? As Muslims struggle to understand and implement democracy, tolerance and compromise, the West ought to find ways to help them toward wise answers.
Brian T. Watson is a regular Salem News columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.