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  •  4. Economic sanctions, 5. Arms embargo (2+ / 0-)
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    middleagedhousewife, CenPhx

    Other options are exactly what we should be discussing, and when I say "we", I don't just mean people on this site.

    Why are we discussing bombs and missiles? When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you spend $700 billion a year on hammers, you really really really want to pound something.

    We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

    by dconrad on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 01:39:30 PM PDT

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    •  Russia has blocked economic sanctions at the U ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... which is why they aren't happening. Same is true for the concept of an Arms embargo.

      My only suggestion is that perhaps if politically active people like us decided to talk about something other than war, we could show popular support for that other something.

      Like, what about helping Jordan and the UN make Zataari camp more liveable?

      •  I know these other options are difficult (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know what we could do to get Russia on board. But we should try. Perhaps if we agreed to provide humanitarian aid, we could get Russia to agree to sanctions on products other than food and medicine?

        We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

        by dconrad on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 02:09:05 PM PDT

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        •  It's too late ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... at this point. Perhaps it's still possible, but this is the second year of the civil war, and it's probably going to go on for a long time.

          Russia has no desire to do anything against the Syrian regime; this is the problem the State Department has had since 2011 (when the war started).

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