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  •  Oh come on (6+ / 0-)

    This situation is nothing like the 30's.  Heck, I'm not even sure who are the "good guys" and who are the "bad guys" in Syria.  As we've seen in Egypt it could well be that the next Syrian government is even worse than the old one.

    Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior. -Julian Assange-

    by ChadmanFL on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:11:48 PM PDT

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    •  Right - not threatening the sovereignty of (2+ / 0-)
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      other nations. This is a civil war plain and simple. The best way to fight Assad is to get this country off of fossil fuels.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:23:45 PM PDT

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    •  If I said Mussolini would you agree? The point (1+ / 0-)
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      is that a vastly more popular Roosevelt tried to use the bully pulpit to rouse the American people---it didn't work.
      There are consequences when people are too pacifist as well as if they are too warlike. They both stifle debate
      and encourage conformity.
      The situation in Syria isn't remotely similar to Egypt.
      Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are in the streets and
      Assad's Alawite base is a mere 12% of the population
      and Syrian army has all the heavy artillery and air force.

      My preferred outcome is peace for Syria which seems likely
      if Assad left or Iran and Russia stopped aid. I don't think
      Assad can pacify the Sunni areas but I would not like to watch him try to.
      My theory is Assad did the attack as Rafsanjani(former Iranian president) reported and if so it was a desperate move to shock and awe his opponents into a collapse, which did not succeed.
      I don't want to see this butchery going on for another 3 years.

    •  I believe you missed the point (1+ / 0-)
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      which was: If FDR couldn't convince a heavily Democratic Congress to rein in even Hitler before it was too late, we shouldn't be expecting Obama to be able to convince a bitterly split Congress to rein in Assad.

      I don't think the second part is very realistic, though.

      Every woman is the boss of what goes into her vagina, and what comes out. Not you, not me, not the GOP.

      by nominalize on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:12:28 PM PDT

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