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Syria Vows to Defend Itself as West Edges to Action

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- 2154 days ago -
US forces readied to strike Syria on Tuesday, as the West insisted its goal was not regime change but to punish the Assad government for unleashing chemical warfare on civilians.


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Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:05 pm
Noted. I strongly object to U.S. military action in Syria.

Sue H (7)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:05 pm

pam w (139)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:47 pm

Why not the UN?

elderberry C (47)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:09 pm
Its an unproved allegation and an excuse for the continued destruction of the middle east at least against those nations that don't want the central BANKS....follow the Money.....please read this....

Alexa R (319)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:11 pm
I thought this Russian summed it up well, I quote:

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, said more concisely on Twitter that: "The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade."

Billie C (2)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:29 pm
we need to stay out of it. it's something the people of syria and other muslims need to figure out.
both sides are evil and we have no business picking either side. for all we know the rebels did this to start a world war.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 9:56 pm
Thanks Cal.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 10:32 pm
The people are for peace but they are for war.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:45 pm
I can't get the images of terrified children struggling to breathe out of my mind, or the looks on the faces of those who had already died and the loved ones who were mourning their passing. I don't want the U.S. to get involved in yet another war, but this inhumanity has to stop --no matter who's at fault. I would trust the judgment of the leaders of France and Great Britain over the leaders of Russia and Iran any day. Those who would massacre innocent people --especially children--- in such a horrific manner have to be stopped. Their demise wouldn't be a loss to mankind because they don't deserve to live.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 1:25 am
Once again we see the US and the UK playing at being the worlds policemen.We have in recent years been involved in in religious Muslim wars which have not brought about the desired aim.Witness the chaos in Libya,Iraq and Afghanistan where once again western troops are leaving a job half done.Do we want to send our young men to die for a cause which has nothing to do with them.The very people whom they have gone to war for instead of being grateful then turn on us and the arms we have supplied to them are then turned on those soldiers that were sent to help them.We have lost enough young men in these futile wars.Let the Muslims sort out their own affairs.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 1:28 am
The U.S. and other Western powers would be insane to get involved in this mess. What concerns me is President Obama's poor performance in foreign affairs could cause the whole Middle east to explode.

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 1:57 am
I quote: "Testimony from victims now strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin Nerve Gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior UN diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

But she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons (CW), according to the BBC, she added that more investigation was needed.

Damascus is facing growing Western accusations that its forces used such weapons, which US President Obama has described as crossing a Red Line. But Ms. del Ponte’s remarks may serve to shift the focus of international concern. "

UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Herbert E (10)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 2:51 am
Everywhere the US of A... , with the help of NATO brings "Freedom and Democracy" the land is shattered to pieces, the people there fighting each other. France, 'Great' Brittain feeling some past grandeur as colonial powers are also eager to 'help'. I sure recommend reading Global Research. 'nuff said.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 3:12 am
I'm not certain that statement is a surprise.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 3:16 am
Susanne, I fundamentally agree with you.

Yet, if we do not behave with wisdom in this war of the nations, it will be our children struggling to breathe.

I don't want war. I don't want suffering.

If the U.S. gets involved (and I don't want us to get involved) it should be with wisdom to stop the suffering and not to inflict it on our own children and our own sons and our own daughters in war. Nor should it be inflicted on any other nation's loved ones, especially not on Israel.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 3:18 am
Susanne, I actually appreciated very much what you said. You said it well.
Thank you.

. (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 7:21 am
Very sad. I hope we don't get into another war we have no business being in.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 7:53 am
Throwing petrol on a fire never was a good idea...

Talk peace.

. (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:05 am
Firstly, in order to rule in the Arab world you need to be ruthless and strong. Only the strongest leader of the strongest clan can maintain power. These are not nice people so we shouldn't be surprised at their sexual or violent proclivities.
Secondly, I'm not sure that Assad is guilty of this attack on civilians. He was certainly guilty of attacks on the populace back in the eighties. I think quite likely it was the rebels who had earlier on managed to obtain chemical weapons.
Thirdly, this whole Syrian scam is to defeat the Shia government of Assad and replace it with a Sunni regime; no matter that the rebels are those of the extremist version of Islam. The desire is to ring Iran with Sunni controlled countries in order to reduce its growing influence. The Saudis are terrified of an ascendant Iran.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 9:33 am
We need to STAY OUT of this war. The Muslims fighting each other in the Middle East is a hornet's nest and the last thing we need to do is get involved and add ourselves as direct targets.

One of the best outcomes is just to let each side bleed the other to death, and then the world will have less crazy islamists to deal with.

Besides, the Sunni side is much more likely to have made this gas attack.


Suzanne O (33)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 10:35 am
Susanne, not only do I love your name. I love your comment as well. Truth in what you say.

My concern is that we punish the wrong people. Leaving behind even worse results.

Personally, I would love for the United States to stay clear of this. Ask yourself though, how can we?

David F (39)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 10:51 am
I am of the opinion that the West should stay out of all these Shia/Sunni civil wars. Let the violent radical fundamentalists fight it out. The world would be better off without them. We live on a fantastical beautiful earth and all they can think about is destruction. The U.S.A has earned no friends in the region by their actions. Take your mind off all this turbulence and admire the beauty around you. Read this essay:
and this;
and then maybe you'll feel better and not get sucked into a battle that is not yours. We respond to the outer events only if they resonate with what is inside us. Find peace and enjoy peace.

. (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 11:58 am
Assad has offered no alternatives. He refuses to speak, he hides behind the Brotherhood, and is systematically kill his people daily. He will not even bring in another Arab country, although I thought Turkey would be a possibility.
I don't see what other options there are. Over a year ago, he should have been arrested anr tried by the World Court. Here again, the world did nothing.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:36 pm
No war please.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 10:39 am
It has all been said here, but I am in agreement with most... the US, UK and France should not engage in war like strategies to punish Syria for use of Chemical Weapons (whether Assad or the Rebels were to blame is not really determined yet, but our Western countries are quick to make decisions based on very few facts.

I agree that what is happening in Syria is wrong - but there are lots of wrongs in our own countries that our Polititians ignor while they play at being the World's guiding light and they have no solutions to what is fundamentally a Muslim against Muslim conflict. What is certain is that interference by the West will only escalate this mess into even deadlier tactics and draw in more countries - I do not want to see WORLD WAR III and I would guess that no one else here does either!
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