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  •  I am not impressed with the onion article (1+ / 0-)
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    It seems to my like the recycling of pro-war propaganda that demonizes a single targeted individual. The article also suggest that there is no solution to the tragic problems in Syria. We should all recall how Blix the UN inspector wanted more time before the launching of the American led attack on the people of Iraq. We now know that cost and the history of those pre-war lies.

    We should all understand that when dictators get as bad as pictured here, they will loose all support within their own countries. The most repressive dictators, usually supported by the USA, are overthrown from within. This happened in Iran and in Egypt. It will also happen in Afghanistan once the US quits supporting the war lords who are even worse than the Taliban. The people cannot solve the problems when their countries are flooded with foreign weapons and fighters.

    Wars are the  worst of all terrorism. Wars are never the answers. I have suggested better solutions in prior comments.

    War is costly. Peace is priceless!

    by frostbite on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:23:19 AM PDT

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    •  Erm... (6+ / 0-)
      We should all understand that when dictators get as bad as pictured here, they will loose all support within their own countries.
      Wasn't it the people of his country that started this movement to get rid of him?  Two years on, there's no reliable way of telling who's helping them, but this started out as an Arab Spring-styled protest.  Which Bashar al-Assad responded to with sniper and machine gun fire.

      Yeah, he really is that bad.  But the article pretty well sums it up.  It's a short list of bad options.  And ultimately Assad will fall, but a "revolution" by definition, happens from within.  There's no good option for the US, and when faced with no good options the best course is usually the one where you don't make things worse.  Which is exactly what will happen if we start lobbing missiles at Assad.  The money would be better spent improving conditions in the refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, so at least fleeing Syrians have somewhere to flee to.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 06:47:39 AM PDT

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      •  Of course all revolutions do start (0+ / 0-)

        from within. However, all revolutions are not simply about the good guys agains the bad guys.

        There was a major (civil war) revolution in the US with about 600,000 death. Who stated that?

        My point is that when the vast majority of the people join in the overthrow of a dictator as was the case in Iran and Egypt where the revolutions succeeded. When the overthrow does not have a large majority needed the rebellion it will fail.

        The vast majority of Syrians would like to see their country back to what it was, a couple years ago, before the revolution started. The revolution has been a failure that now can only succeed with outside help.

        War is costly. Peace is priceless!

        by frostbite on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 07:13:10 AM PDT

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        •  Well there were sure an awful lot of (0+ / 0-)

          Syrians in the streets 2 years ago clamoring for Assad to get out.  I'm sure a lot of them have changed their minds in the carnage that's resulted since then, but at the time it didn't appear that there was a lot of popular support for him.  That said, I haven't interviewed a vast majority of Syrians to get their input.  And considering how difficult it was for any international journalists to get into the country at the beginning, I'm guessing they didn't interview a majority either.

          I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

          by mojo11 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:26:55 AM PDT

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