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  •  In other news ... (4+ / 0-)
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    mosesfreeman, NM Ray, Sunspots, Sandino

    Putin was right -- Assad is far better than the alternative. Like Saddam, the best friend we never knew we had.

    All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. --Edgar Allan Poe

    by gzodik on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 07:46:19 AM PDT

    •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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      Rich in PA

      Remind me to remind me of that next time you complain about any condition in this country then.  Police brutality?  The protestors in Fergusson would have been gun down and their family members raped and murder had they tried it in Syria

      •  Assad is still better than ISIS (11+ / 0-)

        and Saddam was better than anarchy and permanent war. Secular thugs are bad, but they kept the death rate a lot lower than it's been lately. Tolerance and liberty aren't even on the table for Syria and Iraq at the moment, nor for the foreseeable future.

        This was so predictable.

        … the NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), said August 23.

        by mosesfreeman on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 08:01:22 AM PDT

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      •  Assad's is the legitimate government of Syria (3+ / 0-)
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        Sunspots, Sandino, delver

        Like it or not, democratic or not.

        The "moderate resistance" was always a phantom of our foreign policy experts' fevered imaginations. The anti-Assad forces are almost entirely comprised of foreign fighters imported from abroad by outside nations with their own agendas. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (along with other Gulf monarchies) has a surplus of people, since ensuring full employment for the populace is not a priority of the House of Saud. And they send them abroad to fight and die in jihad. It's an easy way to rid themselves of the excess population, to keep the Wahabbist clerics happy, and to destabilize Shia rivals. Win-win-win.

        This is are what we're supporting, a misfit bunch of foreign religious fanatics, ex-prisoners (the Saudis keep their jails very full and every so often they have to empty them) and despairing people who are left with no better options in life than to fight in some faraway land. Very few of them are Syrians, very few of them are in it for democracy. They're fighting either because they hope to establish a Sunni-led Caliphate, because they're sadistic, murderous bastards, or they've given up all hope and fighting is the only chance they have of a better life, or because they're mercenaries. And you think that if this group is in charge of Syria, they'll do a better job of running the country than Assad?

        Evidently, it's not only Bush and the neocons who thought that regime change can turn an authoritarian state ruled by a strongman into a Jeffersonian democracy. Many Democrats believe the same thing with respect to Syria. And they're just as deluded as Bush was.

        "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

        by limpidglass on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 09:12:12 AM PDT

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