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  •  You obviously do not know (7+ / 0-)

    how such exchanges and releases have happened and are happening in Syria, the region, and other parts of the world so your comment in nonsense.

    You also have bought into the western media's simplistic 'coverage' of Iran's supposed influence over Syria.

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

    by InAntalya on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:32:44 AM PST

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    •  Uhuh. 50 Iranians for 2,100 Syrians. (2+ / 0-)
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      What more do you need to know?   Care to offer another example within a civil war where the regime releases a disproportionate number of rebels/sympathizers in exchange for the release of foreigners from the regime's main backer?

      Do you think the rebels don't have Syrian captives as well?  They most definitely do.  But what do I know, I'm of course foolish for seeing a "supposed influence" that came because of the west's "simplistic 'coverage'" of Iran.   After all, it's not like Iran has been propping up longtime-ally Assad with weapons.   Right?  Right. ;)

      "Your diary is a pack of filthy lies." -bronte17

      by Setrak on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:50:47 AM PST

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      •  Correction, 2,100 Syrians and Turks. (1+ / 0-)
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        No breakdown yet as I understand it, but still the numbers speak for themselves.

        "Your diary is a pack of filthy lies." -bronte17

        by Setrak on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:52:45 AM PST

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      •  Iran has good relations with the (3+ / 0-)

        Syrian Government, which is very different from having influence over it. Just as the US and Turkey have good relations with the SNC and FSA but their influence over them is by no means great.

        There are many examples of 'disproportionate' releases in the past 30 years. Take some time and inform yourself.

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

        by InAntalya on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:14:42 AM PST

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        •  Although the presence of Iranian (0+ / 0-)

          Revolutionary Guards in Syria and its pledge of further military support if needed might just give it a teeny bit of leverage, don't you think?

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