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  •  The first casualty of war is truth (0+ / 0-)

    Here's a review of fake pictures/stories put out by Syrian opposition. Some of the more graphic pictures of children actually originated in Gaza or Iraq several years ago. A number of them are Photoshopped images of protestors to make them appear anti-government. Some are actually over a decade old from different conflicts.

    •  testimony of known witnesses (0+ / 0-)

      The UN has standards for the presumptive probative value of concordant witness statements, and when these are buttressed by things like video evidence, we may brush aside the standard flummery inevitably proffered by certain persons whose motives are in doubt.

      I seem to remember you in a good way, but the idea that the civilian casualties in Syria are in any significant number FAKED is far worse than ludicrous.

      The first casualty of war may be truth; but you're not in a war. What's your excuse? I can see Pilate's question bubbling at your lips.

      •  I didn't say the majority of videos and photos (0+ / 0-)

        were fake. I simply posted that some of them are. It appears you can't accept even that. More of that "You are either with us or you are with the enemy" bullshit.

        You can read whatever into my post. I don't support the militarized opposition nor do I support Assad. They are both equally at fault in this conflict of tit-for-tat which will eventually destroy the country. Hopefully it will not be as bad as the regime change in Iraq where millions were displaced and 100,000's innocents were killed in much the same manor as Syria - bombs and bullets.

        •  "They are both equally at fault in this conflict" (0+ / 0-)

          This is a pro-Assad view, as Desmond Tutu would readily agree.

          Have you read nothing the frenchman said above? Because you haven't disproving a line of it.

          Have you not also considered that the fake photos you are promoting may have been posted by the Assad forces for the purpose of being discredited. They have done a lot of that too.

          Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

          by Clay Claiborne on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:56:58 PM PDT

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        •  Scatology, last resort of the ignorant (1+ / 0-)
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          Clay Claiborne

          You have in a very Romney-like manner shifted the base of your argument from one comment to another.

          No, you didn't say the majority of Syrian war photos were faked. But you definitely implied that an examination of the "review" you posted would change some minds about the trustworthiness of the "Syrian opposition" or the "militarized opposition" (as always, you leave yourself room to wriggle).

          I responded using the phrase ""faked in any significant number", simply saying that your review was not significant. Now, I do think Assad is an enemy of freedom, but I said not one thing in the sense of "You're with us or the enemy".

          That was your lazy attempt to defend your improper argumentation. And you follow that up with an accusation that is as outrageous as it is unsupported by anything like evidence.

          Your "opinion" isn't even worthy of the term. It's just a feeling you have sometimes...something you ate for breakfast.

          •  Yes. There is a lot of that "If you are not with (0+ / 0-)

            us you are with the the enemy" BULLSHIT in Claiborne's diaries. Re-read your own posts here.

            change some minds about the trustworthiness of the "Syrian opposition" or the "militarized opposition"
            The opposition forces are made up of many disparate militias, each with their own agendas for a "new" Syria. The Obama administration considers many of the militias operating under the  FSA, to be untrustworthy. This is their stated reason for not allowing high tech armaments into the country.

            I've always been clear about the ordinary Syrian and the militarized rebels. There are millions of Syrians who did not want their revolution to be militarized and hate both the FSA and the SAA. Claiborne has never addressed this fact in his diaries.

            The situation in Syria is not as black/white, good vs. evil as you make it out to be from reading your posts here.

            BTW, it will take Libya 10 years and 700 billion dollars to rebuild with the help of the massive oil revenue (if in fact they do not eventually privatize the oil fields or give away too much in the new PSA's to be negotiated).

            What does Syria have to rebuild with? Nothing. Even Iraq has a better chance and look what is happening there right now.

            Syria had massive been crop failures due to drought in the last 3 - 4 years. This fact and the very high rate of unemployment were some of the reasons for the protests against Assad's government. Syria is going to be a basket case which will only serve to create more instability in the ME unless it receives massive foreign aid.

            You are prepared to destroy the country. Are you also prepared to rebuild it? Are the American people?

            •  'Major parts of Syria have effectively been bombed (0+ / 0-)

              back to Ottoman times'

              October 10, 2012
              “In terms of infrastructure, major parts of Syria have effectively been bombed back to Ottoman times,” said Ammar Abdul-Hamid, a Syrian activist and a Washington-based fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
              “It’s a dirty war. Nobody is stopping for a minute to consider the damage that they are causing,” said Haytham Manna, a prominent exiled Syrian opposition figure, likening the fighters on both sides to Taliban extremists who in 2001 smashed the 1,500-year-old Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

              “Who will pay these bills later on? Nobody,” he said.

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