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  •  As they say - the first casualty of war (2+ / 0-)
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    InAntalya, Texas Lefty

    is the truth. However, it seems highly unlikely that the rebels could find so many civilians presenting all the symptoms of nerve gas. I am no expert in nerve gas, but as the honor graduate of my two week US Army CBR class, the videos are very persuasive. Balance has become a lost concept in the media, but the wrongs of one don't excuse the wrongs of another.

    The Obama administration faces a real test. If the use of nerve gas was not a "line" then the President should have never said it. However, he did say it and the US response must be proportional. The use of these weapons, particularly on civilian populations, cannot be tolerated. It's a crime against humanity.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 08:29:51 AM PDT

    •  'Very pursuasive' (4+ / 0-)
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      Paleo, chuckvw, corvo, lysias

      Of what? That some sort of chemical attack happened or that it was done by Syrian government forces?

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

      by InAntalya on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 08:35:05 AM PDT

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      •  Yes (4+ / 0-)
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        InAntalya, chuckvw, corvo, lysias

        That it happened does not say who did it, and how it was done.

        "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

        by Paleo on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 08:43:09 AM PDT

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      •  That it happened (1+ / 0-)
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        InAntalya

        I agree that it would be important to find out who delivered the nerve gas, but is there any evidence that the rebels have access to this type of weapon, and the willingness to kill their own supporters?

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:27:23 PM PDT

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        •  Evidence - some would say yes. (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          I would say that there are strong indications that al-Nusrah has access to such weapons and there are many instances where al-Nusrah has commited atrocities on civilian populations.

          And you wrote

          ... the willingness to kill their own supporters
          The civilians who are in the areas under al-Nusrah control may or may not be their supports.

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

          by InAntalya on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:34:12 PM PDT

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