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I wrote a diary recently about how 50,000 Christians have fled Syria, because Al Qaeda "rebels" are ethnically cleansing Syria and persecuting Christians.  Almost a million Christians have fled Iraq.  

A brave Syrian-American woman passionately told McCain at a Town Meeting about her 18 year old Christian cousin having been killed by Al Qaeda affiliated so-called "rebels" in Syria, who are not Syrian: they are coming from all over the world to fight.  There are more options than a military strike on Syria: the good option is diplomacy and negotiation, not bombs.  We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood.  We cannot afford to turn Syria into Iraq or Afghanistan.  Listen to the majority of the American people who do not want you to go there.  Enough is enough.  We do not want another war in the Middle East.  We don't want Al Qaeda to take over.  I am not a fan of Assad, but at least he has a secular government going on over there.  It is secular, Senator McCain, we Christians are a minority over there. You treat the Syrian Christians as collateral damage.  I beg you, my family is there, there are so many good Syrians, the majority of Syrians want to save their country.

The story that government stenographers at the MSM feeds us misleads us to believe that the war in Syria is a "civil" war, but "rebels" are invading Syria from other countries, fighting for jihad and the destruction of Syria, not its salvation.  The rebels are destroying and depopulating Syria.  2,000,000 Syrians are now refugees from the strife caused in large part by these ruthless mercenaries.  

McCain attacked her, as he is wont to do, as being an Assad proponent (where have I heard that ugly retort before?) and called Assad a butcher, but McCain is ignoring the inconvenient truth that he himself met with "rebels" in Syria, 1 of whom was identified as being involved in a kidnapping of 11 Lebanese pilgrims, who he calls brave heroes.  Al Qaeda "rebels" literally do butcher Syrians and have the tiresome habit of recording themselves in the act of savagely cutting off people's heads and ripping the heart out of a Syrian soldier for a quick bite.  

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:12:38 AM PDT

  •  Can you link (0+ / 0-)

    to the confirmation that the men McCain met with were members of Al Qaida and/or were responsible for the incidents you cited?

    I am under the impression based on a large amount of research that there are foreign terrorist fighters on each side of this civil war but that the battle is primarily between government forces loyal to Assad and the radicalized protest movement which Assad opened fire upon to initiate these hostilities in the first place?  Can you provide facts in contradiction of this understanding?

    Can you substantiate that 2M refugees are "caused in large part by these ruthless mercenaries."

    Is it your position that Assad is not a butcher?

    Is it your position that the "Rebel" side of the civil war is majority comprised of and controlled by Al Queda elements?

    Please help me on these issues, as I am trying to determine who is a stenographer for who?

    •   Read my previous diaries. 2 of the so called (1+ / 0-)
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      Orla

      "rebels" in the photo were found to have kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims.

      These wars have caused a  mass exodus of innocent civilians.  The bombs.  The mercenaries are a part of the wars.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:44:59 AM PDT

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    •  I work for peace and try in my small way to speak (1+ / 0-)
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      the truth that is suppressed in the MSM, who lie us into one PNAC destruction and depopulation of a Middle Eastern country on their hit list after another.  Look at Lebanon, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria.  These monsters are salivating to destroy Iran next.  They have been sending in terrorists to bomb their scientists and wreak havoc for years.

      Talk about children!  Look how many children have died in Iraq, Syria, and Iran with these horrific sanctions that deprive them of medical care.

      It is proven fact that the New York Times delayed the publication of a James Risen story about illegal warrentless wire tapping until after election of George Bush and published lies a la Curveball through Judith Miller stories which turned out to be propaganda.  Yes, the MSM acts as stenographer for the warmongering war criminals.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:54:06 AM PDT

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      •  I appreciate your sentiment (1+ / 0-)
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        However because you are overzealous to the point of dishonesty in your comments, because you do not do enough research to substantiate your claims, rather seeming to prefer to stick to the most dramatic, even if hideously inaccurate reading which largely echoes Assad's propaganda, your posts are biased, inaccurate and dishonest.

        Specifically the McCain one, which I just looked up.

        You wrote:

        McCain attacked her, as he is wont to do, as being an Assad proponent (where have I heard that ugly retort before?) and called Assad a butcher, but McCain is ignoring the inconvenient truth that he himself met with Al Qaeda "rebels" in Syria, who he calls brave heroes, who literally do butcher Syrians and have the tiresome habit of recording themselves in the act of savagely cutting off people's heads and ripping the heart out of a Syrian soldier for a quick bite
        With five seconds or so of research, it was pretty clear that:

        1.  McCain "met" with the heads of the Rebel Supreme Military Council, not Al Queda - so that is a plain lie.

        2.  McCain took photographs with numerous rebel soldiers following that meeting, unwittingly, one (singular, not plural) of them turned out to likely be the kidnapper you mention, this is not who he met with however and McCain had no idea who he was until it was later reported to him.

        3.  McCain called the organized rebel group heroes and not the Al Queda elements - another plain lie.

        4.  Similarly attributing two gruesome incidents clearly perpetuated by Al Queda to the Syrian Rebels is also dishonest.

        Frankly, given the three confirmable lies in the sentences above, and your failure to address my other critiques, it is clear that we do have a case of someone acting as a stenographer for warmongering war criminals.

        The mercenaries are a part of the war.  So is Bashar Assad and his murderous, civilian targeting, atrocity perpetuating, child-killing regime.  No one carrying water for either group should characterize what they are doing as "working for peace".

        •  edit 2 of the men (0+ / 0-)

          pictured with McCain were alleged to be kidnappers, correcting the above.

        •  I read that. Where is your source? (0+ / 0-)

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:13:05 PM PDT

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        •  Where is your source. Here is one of many (0+ / 0-)

          sources about the McCain photo op:

          John McCain denies he knowingly posed with with 'rebel kidnappers' in Syria

          The photograph, released by Mr McCain's office, shows the US senator standing with a group of rebels during his highly-publicised trip to Syria this week.

          Two of the men in the image are Mohamed Nour and Abu Ibrahim, claimed Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star. The men are described as being part of a group who kidnapped 11 Shias last year.

          They were identified by one of the kidnap victims, Anwar Ibrahim, who along with one other hostage has since been freed, the Star said. Negotiations over the freedom of the other nine are still ongoing.

          "I recognised him (Nour) immediately. He was the photographer who was brought in to take our photos [during captivity]. He works with the kidnappers. He knows them very well," Mr Ibrahim told the Star.
          The Star claimed it had independently confirmed the identity of Nour, who reportedly acted as the spokesman for the kidnappers. The Telegraph has not confirmed the men's identities.

          The point is that the "rebels" are made up of a lot of unsavory characters, not heroes.

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 08:23:13 PM PDT

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        •  To quote Jane Austin, "My courage always rises (0+ / 0-)

          at every attempt to intimidate me."

          You attacking my character if I was incorrect for using the word "Al Qaeda" instead of "terrorist" speaks volumes about your character.

          You could have explained your argument with that word without impugning me, couldn't you have?  No, you chose  to attack me, not discuss the substance.

          The BBC used an evocative Iraq photo of a child leaping over dead bodies among many dead bodies and incorrectly claimed that it was a photo of the Syrian August 21 victims.

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

          They issued a retraction.

          I doubt you wrote the BBC a nasty note accusing them of being liars...

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:17:25 PM PDT

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  •  I hope this vid goes viral (1+ / 0-)
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    Strong woman in action

  •  There is no "freedom" for women in any of the (0+ / 0-)

    rebel groups, so I never feel that regime change over there ever changes what women face in Muslim countries.

  •  Not sure what your point is, (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain should support Assad? McCain should not support Al Qaeda? McCain should STFU about Syria?

    Syria is a mess, its not of our making, but could be our problem if the US oversteps (which unfortunately looks likely). There are lots of victims and no heroes in the Syria story to date. Sunnis (AQ) are killing everyone, Shias (Hezbollah, Syrian Army) are killing Sunnis, most non-combatants (Arab, Kurd, Christian, Muslim, Zoroastrian) are just trying to get out of the way.

    What is the "right" thing to do at this point? I don't honestly have a clue.

    •  How did these uprisings begin? That's what I want (0+ / 0-)

      to know.  

      It is unclear.

      The point is that the "rebels" have been committing atrocities that are unbelievably gruesome.  They have been ethnically cleansing Christians from Syria and destroying their villages and churches.

      It's not even clear who has deployed chemical weapons there.  UN investigator, Carla del Ponte, has seen evidence that implicates the "rebels" in past chemical weapon attacks.

      We need to wait and see what the UN finds out first.

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 09:18:54 PM PDT

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      •  The Syrian government (Shi'a) has been (0+ / 0-)

        subjugating its Sunni population for decades. The most proximate cause of the recent uprising is the Saudi's providing funding and weapons to the Sunni population to respond Syrian government repression of protests.

        Since then its devolved into a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia(Shiite and Sunni).

        As for the chemical weapons, rocket launch points were detected and map to Syrian positions. Unless the rebels overran the Syrians to launch rockets at other rebels, it is improbable that the rebels were responsible.

        http://www.cbsnews.com/...

        So your position is that we should "wait and see" which the US did in Darfur and that worked out so well...

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