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OP-ED: Zakaria: Arming the Syrian Opposition Is Risk

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The great danger is that Syria becomes a proxy battleground for the forces of Iran and the forces of Saudi Arabia, which will tend to be Sunni, somewhat religiously motivated militias that will go in - in the name of God and in the name of jihad - to over


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. (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 10:37 am
The last part of this article is what I do not understand. WHY cant the UN strong arm Russia into backing down? Instead of wanting to appear as a" democratic like" country, they are placing loyalties on an a lunatic. This is not the Cold War any more;Assad was not in power. Russia owes Assad nothing.

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:38 pm
i like fareed. and he makes good points about access. odds of succeeding are about the only thing keeping me on the fence.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:08 pm
Why can't the UN strong arm the USI into backing down when it blocks resolutions criticising the Zionist Entity? The answer is, because it can't No more can it - or should it - strong arm any other country, however much we disapprove or approve.

Tysu Jung (2)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:23 pm
Thank you for a deeper insight into Syria.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:56 pm
We cannot afford to get into any more wars that are none of our business.

I'm sorry the people are in the streets being slaughtered. We also have families in the dangerous streets.

If your own children are hungry, don't take the groceries to the neighbors.

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:08 am
Look at it this way, Alan. Suppose the Occupy movement got big enough that Russia approached the UN saying, there's a popular movement for change being violently repressed in the USA, give us a mandate to invade and overthrow their government - strictly for humanitarian reasons, of course.

Would you want them to be able to override America's veto? Then don't ask to be able to override Russia's. Democracy means the people you disagree with also have a vote.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:32 am
From the Manchester Guardian

Intervention is in fact already taking place. The Saudis and Qataris are reported to be funding and arming the opposition. The Free Syrian Army has a safe haven in Turkey. Western special forces are said to be giving military support on the ground. And if that fails, the UN can be bypassed by invoking the "responsibility to protect" civilians, along Libyan lines.

But none of that will stop the killing. It will escalate it. That is the clear lesson of last year's Nato intervention in Libya. When it began, the death toll was 1,000 to 2,000. By the time Muammar Gaddafi was captured and lynched seven months later, it was estimated at more than 10 times that figure. The legacy of foreign intervention in Libya has also been mass ethnic cleansing, torture and detention without trial, continuing armed conflict, and a western-orchestrated administration so unaccountable it resisted revealing its members' names.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:33 am,7340,L-4187192,00.html

Several civilians and security forces were killed and injured in a car blast by a "terrorist group" in Homs, Syria's National TV reported.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:34 am

DEBKAfile reports that British and Qatari special forces are in Homs, Syria working with anti-government forces .

"The foreign troops are not engaged in direct combat with the Syrian forces bombarding different parts of Syria's third largest city of 1.2 million. They are tactical advisers, manage rebel communications lines and relay their requests for arms, ammo, fighters and logistical aid to outside suppliers, mostly in Turkey," the report states.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 7:09 am
Noted, interesting times.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Monday February 13, 2012, 4:17 am
For once, I aCRUAlly agree with and acknowledge the contributions of John D

It isn't a Zionist conspiracy that prompts the Saudis and Qataris to aid the opposition in Syria with military arms.It is their strident opposition to Iran, and Syria is Iran's best friend these days.. Good to see these comments..very good, John.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 13, 2012, 4:31 am
But of course it's a Zionist conspiracy, Cal. The Zionist Entity will benefit greatly from the destruction of Syria, so they have told their puppets in the USI to use their regional allies to destroy a legitimate government that is allied to Iran.

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 3:49 pm
John, don't you think that you insult intelligence of Saudis and Qataris by considering them "Zionist puppets" rather than clever people advancing their own interests?

Yes, Cal, I share the opinion with JohnD for once. As to your point, I think Saudis and Qatar advanced their Sunni case against secular dictator, no matter that he has a union with Iran.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 4:29 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 7:12 pm
Bob A. It might be advancing the leaders' interests but not those of their countries or people.

Thursday February 16, 2012, 6:53 am
Noted thank you
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