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    Every day images and reports from reporters in Syria show increased devastation and death (  The world is intent on ignoring the chaos of bloodshed and paralysis spreads in both the East and West.  Europe is prisoner to its economic crisis with the UK falling in stagnation and the US close behind unable to act due to the political stalemate.  Russia is free to act because it has a dictatorial government that is so paranoid it even puts punk rockers on trial for blasphemy against Putin.  Russia kills critics and reporters, so it is in good company with al-Assad (  
    It is unlikely that any intervention can stop the violence in Syria. While a no-fly zone would even the playing field somewhat, Russia and China will not allow it and NATO is unlikely to act given the political paralysis at home.  Weapons continue to flow into the arms of both sides of the conflict, but the Syrian Free Army cannot equal the Assad regime's firepower without tanks, heavy weapons or munitions experts.  The type of tactics used by the Mujahideen against the Russians in Afghanistan have failed in recent years with the exception of Sunni fighters in Iraq who have perfected roadside bombs to disable and transform US and Iraqi troop tactics, though this has hardly produced a change in the balance of power.
    Turkey is unlikely now to intervene given the promotion of perks and promises to the Kurds along the southern Turkish border.  Turkey has recently stepped up attacks on the Kurdish PKK in Iraqi territory as a threat to Assad over his use of the Kurds along the Turkish border.  While the West is in checkmate, the opponents of Assad die and both Russia and China see their policy of isolation of the West and promotion of their clients as a success.  Minorities within both these countries can expect the kind of response Assad has given his enemies to be visited on them if they rebel.  All Western posturing over Tianamen Square is colored with Syrian blood.  See earlier post for background:

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  •  I am sorry but this is an attempt (4+ / 0-)

    to create a simple narrative out of a very complicated problem. Yes, there are actors with negarious motives. But intervention is a very dangerous proposition. It's not a question of the world ignoring the situation. I - and presumably everyone else - read stories every day about Syria. It really isn't being ignored. But equally it's not something that responds to a magic wand. The ethnic questions, the regional questions and the global issues are highly problematic. So, I understand your frustration but there is no simpe solution to be had here.

    The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

    by Anne Elk on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:17:54 PM PDT

    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      at least I tried to explain the situation, you have just said it is not simple.  Not much of a contribution.

    •  Very well said n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  Infidel Hunters (0+ / 1-)
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      Infidel hunters of the Mosque are gaining power in Egypt and Libya; they are also fighting to get rid of the multi-culturist Assad. Blood will flow when the Infidel hunters from the Mosque chase Syrian Christians and Alawite out of Muhammad’s Democracy. The hunting season will continue until there are no more Infidels in the greater Middle-East.

      •  Wow, between your comment here (0+ / 0-)

        and this one here you've shown yourself to be one of the least informed commenters on Syria.

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

        by angry marmot on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:22:07 AM PDT

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      •  it is (0+ / 0-)

        unfortunate that al-Assad did not respond to the initial demonstrations creatively, or reward people's expectations that he would democratize the country.  The situation has spiraled out of control and in the end he is only a tribal chief protecting his family's great wealth and using the Alawite people as his pawns.  When the dust settles he and his henchmen will go to Paris with the billions they have stashed there and live like, well, kings.  The rest of the Alawites will suffer a terrible fate, less so if there is intervention and partition (Alawite, Kurd and Sunni).  On the other hand the Alawites could dethrone al-Assad and hand him and his over to the UN for trial and, like the Germans after WWII and the separation of the German people from Hitler and the Nazis, blame them for the bloodshed.  It is hard to tell if there is still time to do that.

  •  Is Syria a Russian puppet or a Chinese one? (0+ / 0-)

    If only people would make up their minds.

    Russia and China ... they are not in alliance trying to colonize the world. They are competitors.

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