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View Diary: Syria: Incongruity, Idiocity, Inadvertence and Inattention I've Observed (114 comments)

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  •  Syria's close ties to Russia are probably (5+ / 0-)

    a factor.  There are a lot of actors in this particular play.

    •  Which raises scenario of Snowden (2+ / 0-)
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      inclusiveheart, InAntalya

      having an effect on the timing. Maybe something he shared is rushing the schedule?

      •  I doubt it partly because if the US could (2+ / 0-)
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        cskendrick, InAntalya

        blame Snowden for this dust up, I think they would totally go for it.

        I think that this Syria as one of the centers of our Russian proxy wars has a life of its own and long history that isn't related to the Snowden stuff in any significant way.  Snowden may be a pawn in the game now just because Russia gave the Administration the finger by giving him refuge, but probably not more than that.  

        I think that if the US was really worried about Snowden being in Russia, they would have allowed him to get to another country before they revoked his passport.  At least, that's what someone who was thinking strategically would have done.  The US is not going to send special forces into Russia for Snowden, but if he'd made it to someplace like Bolivia, it would have been a whole different ballgame, I think.

        Anyway, I think that Syria is its own special ecosystem of mystery and hell.

        The most likely scenario here is that the US, UK and France agreed not to intervene in a deal that made Russia the overseers of the conflict.  They provide the Syrians with the armaments, etc. so the country is de facto one of their outpost military bases.  Now that chemical weapons have been used, the US, UK and France are basically telling both the Syrians and the Russians to clean up their act.

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