Assad could voluntarily cede power, spending the rest of his days in comfortable exile. But this is the second reason he continues to fight. Assad knows that a safe, comfortable exile is not an option for him. In the past, hated dictators have sometimes chosen exile when defeat seemed likely. The Shah of Iran did it in the 1970s, Ferdinand Marcos did it in the 1980s, and Ben Ali did it last year. This option isn’t open to Assad and this is what makes fighting to the finish attractive to him.
Assad cannot go into exile because exile leaves him vulnerable to prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Assad’s problem is that he signed the Rome Statute of the ICC, giving the Court the right to prosecute him if he engages in crimes against humanity – something he has clearly done over the past year. In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly confirmed that Assad could be prosecuted for war crimes. This places Assad directly in the sightline of the ICC.” —Turns out the ICC can inadvertently prolong civil wars, by denying the golden parachute out for otherwise exile-ready war criminals. It’s a strange justice that prioritizes retribution against a national leader over attempts to end their crimes.
Kilcullen puts it best when he says that Ranger School “…lures the kind of young, smart soldiers needed to get the toughest jobs done.” Folks, that’s got nothing to do with your reproductive capabilities. You’ll notice the absence of the word “men” anywhere in that sentence; it’s about “soldiers.”
Neither Lilyea nor Kilcullen articulated any reason why women were incapable of attending or completing Ranger School. Instead Kilcullen argues simply that they don’t belong there and Lilyea claims that the Army is incapable of integrating women into Ranger School while simultaneously maintaining existing standards. They both believe—although for very different reasons—that women shouldn’t be allowed to go. The Army’s inability to figure this out is a different issue altogether from the question of whether or not women should be allowed to attend Ranger School.” —
The temptation will be to relax the standard, because only a very select group of women would be able to do six strict chin-ups.
But that, of course, is exactly the point. When I was selected for service in the Ranger Regiment, the Regimental psychologist told me, “Well, the bad news is, you are not normal. The good news is, we’re not interested in normal people.”
and came to the same conclusion: if the standards for Ranger School don’t change, this is a non-debate.