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Situation in Syria

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Beaker, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Seems to be getting worse and worse:


    And the Gulf Arab states are expelling Syrian ambassadors:

  2. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria
    Exclusive Report February 23, 2012, 10:29 AM (GMT+02:00) Despite public denials, military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations from the brutal assaults of Bashar Assad’s army, Washington sources disclose.
    This process is also underway in allied capitals which joined the US in the Libyan operation that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in August, 2011. They are waiting for a White House decision before going forward.

    The US president is also waiting for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s report on the mood at a Tunis conference. He wants to know in particular if Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the UAR will support US-led Western intervention in Syria, both politically and financially.
  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Pretty soon, the sun will not set on the American "Empire" either?
  4. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs
    Posted By Josh Rogin Friday, February 24, 2012 - 3:03 PM Share

    The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria's neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad's extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned.

    This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria's neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possibility of Syria's WMDs crossing their borders and offering U.S. government help in dealing with the problem, three Obama administration officials confirmed to The Cable. For concerned parties both inside and outside the U.S. government, the demarche signifies that the United States is increasingly developing plans to deal with the dangers of a post-Assad Syria -- while simultaneously highlighting the lack of planning for how to directly bring about Assad's downfall.

    Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas and sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation. http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/02/24/exclusive_state_department_quietly_warning_region_on_syrian_wmds
  5. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Another massacre in Homs:

  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Meanwhile the muslim world is more concerned with inadvertent koran burnings in Afghanistan.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    They approved the referendum with "89.4" percent of the vote.

    Well, at least I give the regime credit for not claiming that 100.7 percent approved the vote.
  8. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    All of the Arabic states, and even Syria's former proxy, Hamas, has condemned the Syrian regime.
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Full article behind pay wall but here is abstract from Jon Lee Anderson story in The New Yorker on Syria:


    This guy just amazes me. He always seems to be at the front of every uprising that has occurred in the last 20 years.

    Seems pretty clear that the problems in Syria are going to get worse before they get better.
  10. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Time for a joint communique. That will show Assad.
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I'm shocked he hasn't issued a formal apology yet.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    The big problem in Syria is the sectarian divide.

    It's ruled by a minority, which has -- to some degree -- protected other minorities.

    If the regime falls, there will be lots of retribution.

    The Times explore this today:

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