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  •  If the perpetrator turns out to be his brother (6+ / 0-)

    he would not turn him over to the Hague. They might find someone down the chain to sacrifice, but they'd have to be sure he wouldn't roll over on the Assads.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 06:07:45 AM PDT

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    •  Fork in the Road to Damascus (0+ / 0-)

      In certain respects, it doesn't matter if Bashir al-Assad doesn't roll over on his brother, but instead throws someone else to the wolf pack.  If Assad sacrifices some lesser clan in order to save his own skin or that of his immediate family, it likely would tend to hasten the loss of control by the Assads.  What group immediately outside the Assad household could ever trust any of them again?  Especially if they offer up someone who had argued against the chemical weapons attack in the first place but only "carried out orders."  Everybody beyond the presidential court will be second-guessing every command which comes down the line.  Just how well do you think that will play with battle command in the streets?

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:02:47 AM PDT

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