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  •  False. Assad brought the fighting to the cities (1+ / 0-)
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    When he sent the military to slaughter the then-peaceful protesters.

    I guess you forgot that part.

    But you just keep shitting on the rebels for not knuckling under to the dictator.  How dare they try to overthrow Assad? HOW DARE THEY?!?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:30:25 AM PDT

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    •  There was a tit-for-tat escalation of the violence (1+ / 0-)
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      Shawn Russell

      from BOTH sides. Arms and foreign fighters had entered the country within weeks of the start of protests according to two AlJazeera reporters who resigned because AlJazeera would not publish this information.

      There was violence with 6 police killed in Daraa at the very beginning. This pulled in the army. Since then there has been an escalation of violence from both sides as tons of arms continued to flow into the country from Libya, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

      Syrian Soldiers Killed in Clash With Defectors
      November 15, 2011

      Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the observatory, confirmed that 34 soldiers were killed in an ambush in Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising that began in mid-March, inspired by successful revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and later Libya.

      Although activists say the protests have remained largely peaceful, with demonstrators calling for the regime's downfall, an armed insurgency has developed in recent months targeting Assad's military and security forces.

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