The trouble with Syria is that it’s getting harder and harder not to ignore the civil war when estimates of the dead are reaching close to a hundred thousand, and with what looks a lot like genocide happening. To put that number in perspective, U.S. casualties in both Iraq and Afghanistan (pictured) since 9-11 pale by comparison.
So how many mass graves does it take for American and coalition intervention? An important question to think about.
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The US interest in Syria 1) advance freely elected democracies in the Middle East 2) get rid of another terrorist sponsoring government 3) counter Hezbollah's growing influence and alliance with Syria 4) get rid of a government which destabilizes Lebanon at every chance 5) support a new regime which is NOT sectarian 6) Prevent Al Nusra - Al Qaida's successful military & social welfare group- from winning. There is one dog in this fight and it is the FSA Free Syrian Army. They are approaching their country in the same way as the Egyptian military does: support the people, maintain independence from the government, support the STATE and the PEOPLE ; not a specific ruler or regime and be as nonsectarian as humanly possible in the Middle East :) http://www.free-syrian-army.com/en/about-us/
Forget the civil war, was there some chemistry going on in that interview between Rula and Bwebb? I don't know I say a little smirk given from both.
They already hate us in the Muslim Arab world, there's no trying to make nice and hope for friends with the friendless. We tried that already with the Mujahideen, Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran, et al.. They hate us everywhere. The only reason the EU doesn't express more hate towards us is that we saved them in WWII and they emulate our lifestyle and espouse some of our principals. If you go to Australia/NZ they speak of Americans with contempt and call us Seppos (septic tank rhymes with 'Yank" hence their convoluted nick name). We handed our IP to Asia on a platinum platter and they are biting the hand that fed them. Russia and the Balkans need no introduction, Africa is a shithole. We have enough problems here to keep busy with maintaining our constitution, controlling immigration, violent crime, terrorists breaching our borders, home grown terrorists, pedophile/rapist/politicians,/bankers, the economy and so on. Let the ME fight among themselves and kill each other off. Stop giving them military aid, education, vaccinating them for deadly disease, monitor the situation and massage it into extinction. Islam will go the way of natural selection save a couple of weakened leftovers. Stop wasting our troops, keep them healthy, trained and motivated to defend our homeland. When the Islamists get done annihilating themselves and the stragglers try to engage us, we are ready, willing and able to finish them off. In the mean time we need to learn how to live within our means, conserve our resources, stockpile our ammo, keep the tip of the spear sharpened.
ArcticWarrior 1. "Nothing prompts us to do that except our love for this deen and the belongingness to this ummah. And this bond is what overcomes nationalism and racism." 2. As a matter of fact, they look at us as Muslim youth regardless of our appearance and education. They do not consider our citizenship and the childhood we spent in their neighborhoods.Gee, no hypocricy there. None whatsoever.