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  •  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'

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/...
      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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