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  •  That would require an admission that (2+ / 0-)
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    Syrian CW military units were responsible for the events of 21 August. It's difficult to imagine that there's "room" for such an admission amidst the narrative pushed by Syrian state media and allied media.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:24:00 AM PDT

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    •  Engage the Russians (0+ / 0-)

      Russians claim that it wasn't Assad.  They do acknowledge that a chemical weapons attack occurred.  Fine.  Let's send in a muscular UN team to investigate and learn every detail about what happened.  We want to clear Assad's name, after all.  The world just wants to know what happened.  A full-blown investigation is the only way that can be done.  How can the Russians claim that an investigation is unfair, if the objective is to show that Assad's regime didn't do it.  Or, if the Assad high command didn't order it, at least to show who in the hierarchy did.

      Putting a larger UN team on the ground will also tend to slow down the fighting, which just might prove beneficial for the non-Assad side at this stage of the insurgency.  It would be interesting to see if Assad were willing to surrender the initiative at this point in order to extend the regime's life.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:08:42 AM PDT

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