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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is reportedly hiding in a bunker, expecting American and French missiles to sail into Syria as punishment for his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. What can he do about it, besides dispatching his diplomats--and...


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Gene Jacobson (286)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 3:23 pm
Well it isn't like we haven't telegraphed the punch. Or even yet decided to throw it. The idea that it might somehow harm Assad is ludicrous. If he follows others of his kind, he will have targets we might hit filled with children, camera's at the ready to show the world yet one more American atrocity committed in the name of demonstrating our displeasure. What I would like our leaders to realize is - the moment has passed. If Assad did what we are 98% sure he did, then he did it with weapons provided by Saudi Arabia who did not make them but bought them from companies or countries with whom American firms do business. WE are the ones who make biological weapons, our land, our companies, our 1% make lots of money from war and always have. There are other technologically advanced nations who can make such things but even they buy from American companies either the expertise or the materials. That's who should be bombed, if anyone. The purveyors and providers of the horrible weapons poor people use to kill each other with. Factions the world over arm both Sunni and Shia and then act shocked when the weaponry they provide is used. Hypocrisy, thy name is legion. We fan the fire and are surprised when a flame comes forth. That region, indeed the world, has been alive with hatred and war since history began. And we modern humans only further the horror while wringing our hands at the futility of it. As long as men hold power, this is how the world will be. Blood soaked ground, anguished people and cries for more weapons, more vengeance. We've learned nothing in our time as king of the hill on this planet, nothing of love, nothing of what should be truly cherished, only ever more clever ways to kill each other over ideas. Bad ideas.

. (0)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 3:39 pm
How Hitler-esque; although we knew where his chosen "BUNKER " was.

Diane K (134)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 5:45 pm
Thanks for news, Carrie!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 6:03 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Gene said it right! We supply other countries with our own weapons of all sorts, then end up having to fight them. So, we end up fighting ourselves in a sense. And, don't forget to follow the money. There's a lot more here than meets the eye, and I'm against a U.S. military strike against Syria---it will just make the mess even worse for everyone.

Jason S (50)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:40 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 7:50 pm
Still can't understand why Obama is being such an idiot, and so stubborn, on this. He needs to shut up his advisors and listen to his gut...unless he has indegestion. Then he needs to a laxative. He'll be thinking clearer when he gets off the pot!

Billie C (2)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 10:22 pm
we need to stay out of it. we don't know who did it and it really doesn't matter because both sides are evil.
if we bomb assad we help the idiots we've been fighting since 9/11. it's a muslim problem let muslims handle it.
it's not our fault obama might be thought of as having no balls since he was the idiot that made a red line. the american people didn't ask for obama to show the world he might have big balls. if obama wants to take on assad he can go over there alone and arm wrestle him.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday September 3, 2013, 11:49 pm
According to Wikipedia, Syria is, and has been, producing chemical weapons for many years:

"Syria is one of five states that have not signed and seven that have not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention,[5] which prohibits the development, production, stockpiling, transfer, and use of chemical weapons. However, in 1968, Syria acceded to the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases. In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq Syria denied that it had chemical weapons,[6] but admitted it possessed such weapons in 2012.[7] The Syrian president had earlier alluded to a chemical weapon capability in public statements, in 1990 and 1997.[8]

Western non-governmental organizations have stated they believe Syria has an active chemical weapons program.[9][10][11][12] The U.S. has stated that the Syria "has had a chemical warfare program since the mid-1980s", In 1988, a U.S. analyst described Syria's CW capability as more advanced than that of Iraq, however, Israel stated in 1989 that Syria had the "potential for chemical warfare, but not more than that".[8]

Syria reportedly manufactures chemical weapons(CW) agents, including mustard blistering agents, and deadly nerve agents like Sarin, Tabun and VX. A 2007 assessment indicated that Syria is capable of producing several hundred tons of chemical weapon agents per year.[13] Syria is believed of having (CW) stockpile of hundreds of tonnes of CW agents.[14][15] Syrian CW stockpile is believed to be deliverable by aerial bombs, surface-to-surface missiles[15][8] and artillery rockets.[15]"
In addition, they have information regarding WHY they've initiated such programs and WHERE their facilities are located:


A number of reasons have been postulated for Syria's adoption of a chemical weapon strategy in the 1980s:[8]

* to act as a deterrent to Israeli use of nuclear weapons against Syria
* to compensate for the loss of Egypt as a military ally after the signing of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in 1979
* after recognising the limitations of Syrian air power against Israel in the 1982 Lebanon War, Syria adopted an alternative missile strategy, which required a non high-explosive warhead to compensate for lack of missile accuracy
* to act as a deterrent to its powerful neighbour Turkey in any possible dispute.


Syrian chemical weapons production facilities have been identified by Western nonproliferation experts at approximately 5 sites, plus one suspected weapons base:[16]

* al-Safira (Scud missile base)
* Hama (Scud missile base)
* Homs
* Latakia
* Palmyra
If a retaliatory strike does occur, I hope its intent is to put Syria out of the chemical-weapons production business. If Assad is willing to use these deadly chemicals that cause horrific, suffocating deaths to kill innocent civilians in his own country --including children-- there's no telling what he's capable of doing. If this is part of their strategy, I think President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Boehner and many others are making the right call. And the plan they have outlined is cautious, guarantees that no U.S. soldier will be sent to Syria, and that diplomacy will be employed. Like everyone else, I don't want the U.S. to be involved in any more wars. By the same token, is it reasonable to allow a desperate and unstable leader, who has weapons of mass destruction and has proven that he's willing to use them, to be able terrorize the world? Assad needs to be put in his place.

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Wednesday September 4, 2013, 6:07 am

Beth S (330)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 12:30 pm
TOTAL IDIOCY!!! I agree, Gene.

Obama is not listening to the people of this country who overwhelmingly are against this bombing, and who knows what else the government's planning to do.

This is the same guy that got the Nobel PEACE prize,. There are so many reports that Al Qaeda affiliates did the gassing.

There are also reports that Assad is and has been in Iran for a few days. Even if we could reach him, what's the alternative to Assad? Al Qaeda and/or the Muslim Brotherhood is.

So we're going to go in and kill lots more innocents because BHO wants to salvage his credibility. This is an ego damage control mission. This is shameful.

I wish we could have a plebiscite that the government would be responsive to. But alas, we are just here to serve the people in power.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday September 4, 2013, 7:56 pm
There is a lot to think about here hope it is all planned out, so much to risk and maybe those countries are used to this for years so no one has done anything for years there and neighboring countries knew what was going on too! We got the fool Paul Rand wanting to Filibuster this! We should expect this! and maybe something does need to be done! Think the neighboring countries are being stuck with all the people and don't know how to deal with them!! Needs to be planned out well!
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