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    In the long run... well, in the short to medium run, this is about Iran.

    "We" want Iran to believe that they have to stop building nuclear reactors weapons.

    If we draw a red line in Syria (one of this president's biggest blunders yet) and fail to "enforce" the red line, then Iran will think they can just go right ahead with nuclear weapons.

    And that scares the crap out of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

    So, to keep Israel and Saudi Arabia from being too scared and/or doing something rash, we're going to bomb the crap out of the Syrian people.

    In my personal opinion, every Syrian killed in an illegal and unwarranted attack of US aggression will be the victim of a war crime. There is currently no basis under international law for us to attack a country engaged in an internal, not external, conflict simply because we have the power to do so.

    Maybe someday soon, Brazil will decide they should attack the United States with drones and cruise missiles, due to our genocide against American Indians or Gitmo or Torture.

    Now, that torture. You have to admit there are lots of international treaties about torture. And we have high officials, including Cheney and Bush who admit to ordering torture. Just like chemical weapons, torture is against all international norms.

    Yet, we're doing nothing about torture. It's hypocritical of us to the point of silliness to go on and on about international norms when we won't even enforce them at home. If Obama had put Bush and Cheney in Leavenworth, well, he'd at least have a non-hypocritical leg to stand on.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 12:05:28 AM PDT

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