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  •  the idea is that Assad is a rational enough (2+ / 0-)
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    delphine, Heart of the Rockies

    player that such attacks would stop, or that he would be crazy to call our bluff.

    I don't buy it though.  Notions of 'rationality' vary from region to region and culture to culture, and person to person.  I think it might just cause Assad to go even more haywire than he already has.

    •  I tend to think that the gas attacks (0+ / 0-)

      were prompted and demanded by the Russians.  Assad must know his life is on the line if we shift the balance and the rebels win so this is not a rational act.  Guys that strap explosives to their back and walk into open air markets are a whole different sort than national leaders who live lavish lives and surround themselves with an army of bodyguards.  None of these assholes wants to die.  If he actually launched the attack, he had some assurance from his allies that they'd have his back.  

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