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View Diary: F*ck Public Perception and F*ck "Blowback." What is the RIGHT decision re: Syria? (150 comments)

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  •  You make a couple false assumptions (15+ / 0-)

    1) Assuming the Syrian people all want the same thing. This is a brutal sectarian war we're talking about. If one faction wins, the other side will suffer, and vice versa. If you took a poll of the Syrian people, it's not even clear who they would support, Assad or the rebels.

    2) Believing we aren't already involved in the war. The CIA has been arming and training the rebels, via bases in Jordan and Turkey, for almost a year now (that we know about). Our close allies Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been funding the rebels to the tune of billions of dollars and funneling weapons to them. It's quite possible the war would have ended by now had it not been for the meddling of foreign powers, including us.

    •  This won't settle until we (US,UK,UN) sit down (0+ / 0-)

      with Russia, Iran, India..., and France, and would all agree to cut all flow of arms to all the factions and promote talks with key representatives from Syria and where only a peaceful political resolution is the allowed outcome, presumably one in which national identity is formed around being a secular, democratic, industrious Arab nation, and that takes precedence over sectarianism.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 01:25:54 AM PDT

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      •  Just try and convince the GCC countries to talk (3+ / 0-)
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        They don't even freely allow their own citizens to do that. And the FUKUS talks would just hit a BRICS wall. Everyone want's what they want but none are willing to listen to the Syrians to find out what they want.

        The conflict in Syria foreshadows what global climate change will bring to nations all around the world in the near future.

        Between 2006 and 2011 the drought in Syria wiped out the livelihoods of 800,000 Syrian farmers and herders. They headed to the cities in search of work. Of course there was none because Assad was very busy at the time getting high grades for economic reform (commonly called austerity) from the IMF.

        This, of course, made for one hell of a lot of unhappy and hungry peasants. So they did what all very unhappy hungry peasants do. They took to the streets demanding a bigger piece of the pie.

        The rest is history.....

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