by Patrick Appel
Andrew Exum looks at what Syrian rebels are up against:
According to the 2011 Military Balance, Syria has:
1. 4,950 main battle tanks.
2. 2,450 BMPs.
3. 1,500 more armored personnel carriers.
4. 3,440+ pieces of artillery.
5. 600,000 men under arms in the active and reserve forces.
Now, for the sake of argument, let's say Syria can only field half of the above equipment and personnel due to maintenance issues and defections or whatever. We're still talking about a ridiculous amount of advanced weaponry. What arms, then, are we talking about giving these guerrilla groups? Nukes?
Earlier discussion here.