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Posted by tipper 2011-04-22 22:03||
#11 True, tw, though I'd be shocked if it weren't to both countries.
Posted by Barbara Skolaut 2011-04-22 22:06||
from Barry_044 on twitter,
Damnit! That F'n CNN is showing all this Syria BS. They're gonna force me into a humanitarian mission in the next month
Posted by phil_b 2011-04-22 22:13||
#13 Yep, Assad has to stop this quickly. Otherwise, post Libya, the West will have to been seen to do something to stop the killings.
In reality the West can do little, except useless sanctions.
I don't think it's the West he has to worry about - it's government officials who see an opportunity to strike out on their own, by claiming to represent the rebels or the grievances of the populace. Pretty standard issue palace politics.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2011-04-22 22:33||
#14 In reality the West can do little, except useless sanctions.
Well, there's this little bit of payback that the Iraqis could provide for all the aid and abetting of the terrorist funded, supplied, and deployed from Syria. Not to mention acting as a shelter for the butchers who fled their old handiwork in Iraq. Just talking up the possibility with the Iraqis playing the role, maneuvering some troops to the border could produce some interesting anxiety in Damascus.
Posted by Procopius2k 2011-04-22 23:33||
#15 Well, there's this little bit of payback that the Iraqis could provide for all the aid and abetting of the terrorist funded, supplied, and deployed from Syria.
I don't see how that's going to happen. Shiite are in charge of Iraq. Alawites are basically Shiite heretics - cousins, if you will. I don't really see al Assad as backing terrorists in Iraq so much as using Iraq as an outlet for all the Sunni nutjobs who would otherwise be making trouble in Syria. Assad's philosophy was probably closer to "Better you than me" than "Kill the infidel", given that Sunnis consider Alawites infidels (or worse, apostates).
Posted by Zhang Fei 2011-04-22 23:54||