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  •  That's a great report (0+ / 0-)

    It looks like there are multiple sources of information (including NGOs that are not likely intelligence agencies sock puppets, like Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders) that can establish the following pretty conclusively:

    1.  The gas was delivered by rockets.
    2.   The rockets came (likely w/o exception) from parts of Damascus that are government controlled.
    3.  The rockets only went to parts of Damascus that are rebel controlled.

    The following is not at all proveable:

    1.  Did the leadership of the government know about this in advance?
    2.  if it was not centrally planned, did the decision maker have the "best interests" of the regime in mind (and was exceeding authority) or was the decision maker a "mole" in the hierarchy who wished to provoke foreign intervention against the interests of the government he obstensively served.

    What appears to be counter to the facts:

    1. Something other than rockets were used -- this borders on the physically impossible.
    2.  That rebel units were able file rockets in large numbers out of government controlled territory -- this seems silly to suggest.

    The diarist is making a faith-based argument.  She may object to the diary from yesterday with a similar name, but she is not offering a factual counter argument.

    I'm going to let other people decide what to call this.  But I think it's done out of anger, and is not an honest argument.

    There are a lot of good reasons to stay the hell out of the Syrian civil war.  There are lots of good reasons to not use force here.  

    But arguments like this diminish our case against intervention and against the use of force.  Because it makes us look like liars and propagandists who will say anything, including any outlandish thing, to try to prove a point.

    Even if the diarist means well, I wish she'd stop.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 07:26:19 PM PDT

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