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  •  Yeah. I don't get why Sarin is a game-changer (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    What's the death toll now? They are shooting women and children, firing rockets into apartment buildings, assassinating whole groups of prisoners, bombing any visible groups of people in the street, but ooh! Sarin! Baaaaad!! Seriously, there is a huge crime underway in Syria, and I am not saying that military intervention is remotely a solution. But to let this hideous situation continue to deteriorate for so long and then suddenly voice shock - shock, I tells ya! - that Assad may be possibly kinda sorta using a nerve agent, is just a bit pathetic. If the President wants to take out Assad's air force, he could do that in an afternoon. Why he thinks he needs a fig-leaf is just continuing to damage my opinion of him.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 05:18:14 PM PDT

    •  What's the death toll now? (3+ / 0-)
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      Anne Elk, indie17, Roadbed Guy

      The most often stated numbers are between 70,000 and 80,000. It could be a little less.

      - probably 20,000+ rebel fighters which would mean that 1 in 3, or 1 in 4, or 1 in 5 rebel fighters has been killed, depending on which estimate of total rebel forces you accept

      and probably a similar number of, but possibly a little less, government soldiers, militia, etc.

      and probably 30,000 to 40,000 civilians. From the information I have about 70% of civilian deaths are attributed to government forces and about 30% are attributed to rebel forces.

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

      by InAntalya on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 06:40:23 PM PDT

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