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View Diary: Has Anyone Bothered To Ask What The Majority Of Syrians Want? (210 comments)

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  •  Hard to poll a war zone... (9+ / 0-)

    but I did ask the one Syrian-American I know, who does have family still in Damascus, who are about to flee the city and become part of the 2 million plus refugees.

    Her opinion was that the U.S. should stay the hell out of it, and let the Syrians handle it themselves.  She is NOT happy with Obama about this.  And she's NO conservative by any stretch, nor is she necessarily an isolationist.

    Now, having said that, she's also certain Assad DID use chemical weapons in that horrific attack two weeks ago, after talking to her cousin, who had to be very careful with what he said, because they all know the Syrian government is listening in to their phone calls.  Even those living in Damascus under Assad's grip don't believe it was the rebels that did the gassing, so fuck you, Ron Paul and Rush Limbaugh.

    And with the disturbing video of some rebels in Syria executing soldiers in cold blood taken from last year, the problem is there are no good actors here.  There are monsters on both sides willing to do horrific things to other humans.

    Anyway, after getting her opinion on matters, I'm now against intervening in Syria militarily, unless events on the ground change in an even more horrific way.

    But I also take heed with what Jim Wright said about this.

    Folks, there are no easy answers. I certainly don’t have one. It’s apparent that neither the President nor the US Congress have a clear and unambiguous answer. Nor does the International Community.  The Middle Eastern powers have no easy answers, nor does China, nor Russia.

    There is no right answer, only wrong ones.

    There are no good choices, only bad ones in varying degrees.

    We go in, people will die. We stay out, people will die.  There are moral choices, certainly, but they lead only to immoral consequences.

    If we go in, we should know the cost.

    If we stay out, we should know the cost.

    Syria is going to burn no matter what we do, it is burning right now. People are going to die, are dying right now. And the truth is that there’s not much we can do to stop it, even if we (however you define “we”) were willing to go all in, which we most certainly are not.

    I encourage everyone to go read his entire essay.  And if the situation there doesn't make your stomach churn, you may just be a sociopath like Sarah Palin with her demented "Let Allah sort it out" line.
    •  There are around 2 million extenal refugees (4+ / 0-)
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      that would be a good place to start.

      Rather than our clowns [that includes China and Russia] sucking the air out of the room that we start listening to and thereby give voice to the people under fire.

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 05:56:07 AM PDT

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