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  •  Sadly, what is there we can do which would (12+ / 0-)

    cause Assad to swear off chemical weapons? Whatever we do to weaken Assad will strengthen the rebels. Unfortunately, there is no unified rebel group. There are only hundreds of splinter groups.

    The secular rebels have very little influence. The religious extremist rebels are powerful and dangerous, now and later.

    Assad is in it for his life. There's no limited strike ("shot over the bow" were Obama's words today) which will change his merciless approach to prosecuting this war.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:25:32 PM PDT

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