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  •  Who is advocating (4+ / 0-)

    the potential bombing of Syria by Western powers? I've seen some advocacy here of more direct arming of the opposition to the al-Assad regime but, with the possible exception of one diarist (who seems to have dropped out recently, and even so I'm not sure he was pressing for Western bombing), I can't think of anyone here pushing for a Western bombing-campaign. The French gov't is, at the moment, the most hawkish with respect to assisting the opposition but not even they (so far as I know) have proposed more than a desire to provide defensive weaponry. This seems a bit of a strawman, unless I've really missed something, in which case I'm happy to be corrected.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:17:48 AM PST

    •  Maybe it's because I live in Turkey (7+ / 0-)

      that I see more discussion of and coverage of discussions about the West intervening in Syria and bombing is almost always listed as the first step in that intervention.

      It is true that there generally hasn't been much discussion of Western bombing of Syria here at DailyKos.  

      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:24:00 AM PST

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    •  It requires the bombing of radar and missile sites (2+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, sandbox

      in Syria in order to impose a no-fly zone. It also requires constant 24 hour air patrols to strike (bomb) SAA ground forces.

      France and Turkey have been pushing for a no-fly zone since the beginning of Aug. Just recently, there have been reports about Turkey's request for NATO missiles to be installed at the border. This would be required to prevent retaliation from the Syrian government in the event Turkish planes started enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria. Turkey is the only country in the area that can base the required military force to do the job.

      If Syria responded to Turkish attacks enforcing a no-fly zone, NATO would automatically be drawn in. The conflict would then rapidly spread throughout Syria.

      The militant jihadists would welcome such a scenario as it would swell it's support base throughout the ME and Europe. The recent bombing of Gaza is priming the situation.

      •  Unlike in Lybia 2 years ago, i don't (1+ / 0-)
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        joe from Lowell

        think Turkey, UK and France will convince US to participate in no-fly zone over "part" of Syria, and without USA no-fly zone won't happen.  So Syrian civil war will drag on.

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