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  •  I might be inclined to agree (11+ / 0-)

    if I had better evidence that doing something would produce a better outcome than doing nothing.

    I might be inclined to agree if it didn't seem to me that U.S. military involvement -- any foreign military involvement -- in another country's civil war has usually made things worse, not better.

    I might be inclined to agree if there were any clear strategic path towards a better future for Syria.

    I might be inclined to agree if Assad's opponents didn't look like people who could be even worse than Assad.

    There's a large part of me that wants to agree with you even now. Even now, I want to believe that we can do something about what's going on over there. But given the situation in Syria, the foreign interests aligned with and opposed to us, and recent history, I just can't.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:03:59 AM PDT

    •  Doing something would produce a ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... better outcome.

      Funding the refugee camps in neighboring countries to improve conditions there could produce a better outcome.

      Offering asylum to more Syrians in the US could produce a better outcome.

      Putting pressure on overseas weapons suppliers to stop supplying Syria with the means to produce chemical weapons could produce a better outcome.

      There's a number of things that could be done to produce a better outcome, so its puzzling that the action proposed is from the basket of things that are unlikely to produce a better outcome.

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      by BruceMcF on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:11:46 PM PDT

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