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  •  For a nation birthed in blood, (2+ / 0-)
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    2020adam, joe from Lowell

    the right path was unfortunately discovered to have been been bombed out over a year ago.

    I hate it.  I hate that the UN observer mission is such a farce that it should be canceled, that Assad will either escape to the comparative luxury of the Black Sea or be killed in a makeshift bunker, that the leaders of Syria, if the opposition wins, will all have a lot of blood on their hands, I hate the whole thing.  But Assad's dictatorship has so thoroughly poisoned the well that it's really no longer possible to do this in an orderly fashion.  There's no Slovakia to be found here and the only way to end the violence is for one of the sides to win.  That's kind of chilling and on some level it argues in favor of Western military intervention if only so Assad loses faster and thus kills fewer people.  But then is the opposition forever tainted as Western puppets?  They don't seem to be in Libya, but Libya ain't Syria.

    It's gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:44:14 AM PDT

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    •  Intervention is a vague term. (2+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille, angry marmot

      There was no occupation in Libya.  That is a crucial distinction.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:39:29 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry for the dead thread reply, but yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        Any intervention would need to be by air (and perhaps sea), probably from Turkey.  Cyprus would be quite convenient, perhaps RAF Akrotiri, but the UK won't touch this with a barge pole until after the Olympics close and Cyprus is of course politically controversial.  But I agree, what made Libya so successful and in the end non-controversial was the complete absence of boots on the ground.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 02:31:48 AM PDT

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