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Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:46 pm

fisticuffs wrote:
Even if the US doesn't participate directly in any NATO led activities, I'm sure it will be the US embassies that get protested at


And why would that be?


Why would US Embassies be the target of protests or why am I sure of that fact?
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby fisticuffs » Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:49 pm

Why would US Embassies be the target of protests
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:00 pm

fisticuffs wrote:Why would US Embassies be the target of protests


No logic reason that I can think of, but it does seem to me that historically if a US ally does something offensive, the US embassies get protested at. Not at the level of the recent Libya protest/attack but protested at none the less.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:02 pm

WWRD?*

*What would Romney do?
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby fisticuffs » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:07 pm

No logic reason that I can think of


You can't think of ONE reason that this would be the case? Yet you're sure. Good stuff.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:13 pm

fisticuffs wrote:
No logic reason that I can think of


You can't think of ONE reason that this would be the case? Yet you're sure. Good stuff.


I can think of all kinds of reasons, none of which are really logical though
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Stella_Guru » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:17 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:
fisticuffs wrote:Why would US Embassies be the target of protests


No logic reason that I can think of, but it does seem to me that historically if a US ally does something offensive, the US embassies get protested at. Not at the level of the recent Libya protest/attack but protested at none the less.

When an imperial junior partner of the U.S. "does something offensive" and the "U.S. embassies get protested at none the less", maybe it is because the protestors understand who the real source of trouble is.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:24 pm

Stella_Guru wrote:When an imperial junior partner of the U.S. "does something offensive" and the "U.S. embassies get protested at none the less", maybe it is because the protestors understand who the real source of trouble is.


Your opinion of our "imperial junior partner" NATO allies in Europe is fairly enlightening. I'm fully aware of the reasoning, but given the US doesn't actually have the power to enforce our will in Europe to that big an extent, protesting to the US for such things as Danish cartoons or French burka laws seems rather illogical.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:04 pm

Panetta: US sends forces to Jordan

The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.

But the revelation of U.S. military personnel so close to the 19-month-old Syrian conflict suggests an escalation in the U.S. military involvement in the conflict, even as Washington pushes back on any suggestion of a direct intervention in Syria.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:33 pm

Turkey’s rift with Moscow deepens over forced landing of Syrian jet

Is this the start of a new cold war (if not a hot one)?
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:27 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Turkey’s rift with Moscow deepens over forced landing of Syrian jet

Is this the start of a new cold war (if not a hot one)?


Can't imagine Putin is brash enough to start a major conflict (cold or hot) over al-Assad. Maybe if al-Assad was in a more stable position, but not as things currently stand.

On the other hand it does warm the heart to see that Syria is concerned with the well being of it's citizens.
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Re: Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:23 pm

Others share my concerns:

With Turkey-Syria escalation, worries grow about a tip into war
With Turkey and the Syrian regime on opposite sides of the antigovernment uprising in Syria, flare-ups like the Turkish grounding of a Syrian jet this week carry great risk of tipping the two into open conflict.

Tension has steadily risen for months along Turkey's long shared border with Syria, spiking with the Syrian shoot-down of a Turkish jet fighter this summer and again last week as Turkey responded to Syrian artillery shells landing on its side of the border. Turkey says it doesn't want war, but it is far from clear where the tit-for-tat with Syria will stop.

The incident is the latest development in what has become a proxy war between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and allies Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, and its opponents, who are backed by Turkey, the US, the European Union, and rich Persian Gulf states.
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