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  •  Who's talking about starting a war? (7+ / 0-)

    What I've seen being discussed is more like a limited UN-led intervention akin to what was done in Libya.

    •  I'd like nothing better Trix (4+ / 0-)
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      But logistically speaking, it'd be a helluva lot harder to have a humanitarian intervention in Syria than it was in Libya. For one thing we had better access to the rebel groups in Benghazi. Then we have to allow for foreign interest in the region:Russia has ships right off the coast...the Iranians and Lebanese would also become involved. If this gets out of hand it could set off a major conflagration.

      In this instance, it's wise to find a more diplomatic route...I think Russia might be that route. If we can get rid of Assad, they can set up a provisional government without removing infrastructure. Libya has had to rebuild all of its social infrastructure and they still have to resolve the latent militancy that exists with different factions.

      The sooner we resolve this, the can't stretch out too much longer with the obscene loss of life and because of the danger from extremists.

      "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

      by valadon on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:22:28 AM PDT

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      •  No doubt (n/t) (2+ / 0-)
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      •  BINGO! (1+ / 0-)
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        Assad holds on because of the Russians.
        They receive a lot of oil from the western end of the pipe in Syria. If they lose access to that then they would rather lose the whole pipe so it doesn't feed Europe and the West, forcing Iraq's production to be shipped north and east, to Russian and China.
        And that's why we are stepping very carefully.
        We want that oil to flow west, even if it means that the Russians buy some of it.
        It's all part of the same game.
        And Diplomacy is the key.
        War is the admission of failure of Diplomacy.
        I hope Kerry was a good choice.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:54:46 AM PDT

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        •  Let's hope (0+ / 0-)

          our new found friendship with respect to counterterrorism extends to the Syria problem. They are the linchpin.

          "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

          by valadon on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 11:08:44 PM PDT

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    •  Libya there WAS a war (1+ / 0-)
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      and the outcome was worse than the previous regime.   As bad a Gadaffi was, that country is now destroyed.   No governemnet, no authority, just militias and islamic fundmanetalist gangs.    A total disaster.

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