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  • Time for Assad to decide if he wants a villa in Venezuela, or an unmarked grave.

    /Know which one I'd pick.
  • What's Russian for "He may be a murderous dictator, but he's our murderous dictator"?
  • Bondith: What's Russian for "He may be a murderous dictator, but he's our murderous dictator"?


    Stalin.
  • So, remind me again who's the ignorant ham handed idiot nation that can't get foreign policy right?

    I, uh, forgot.
  • TommyDeuce: Bondith: What's Russian for "He may be a murderous dictator, but he's our murderous dictator"?

    Stalin.


    Well played.
  • ocschwar: So, remind me again who's the ignorant ham handed idiot nation that can't get foreign policy right?

    I, uh, forgot.


    Liechtenstein?
  • ocschwar: So, remind me again who's the ignorant ham handed idiot nation that can't get foreign policy right?

    I, uh, forgot.


    Most Amerihaters would have you believe their nations are all cultured and nuanced. Truth of the matter is, they very rarely if ever find themselves in a critical foreign policy position, so their claims are empty posturing, the US has to deal with critical stuff on a daily basis and frankly, I feel we have a better average than what other nations would.

    It's the 1-0 novice boxer telling the 145-63 veteran that he sucks.
  • It is so cute when Russia is critical of us and thinks they matter. The days of them having a larger population base and more usable land than us have passed. They have half our population and while they have plenty of land, most of it is frozen farking Siberia they can barely exploit. As soon as we cut a deal with the Chinese over Syria, it is over. Russia will just bark and maybe fark around with nat gas exports to Europe in a fit of petulance. Or send out another nuclear submarine to have a disaster.
  • When I read that Syria has started using Scuds, which in their application are effectively unguided, "hit a random part of a selected city, maybe" weapons to scare and murder civilians, I realized a new chapter in this war had started. This will be the chapter with a lot more dead Syrians, regardless of foreign intervention.

    Russia should get its people out.
  • I guess the US added the caveat of labeling certain rebels as "terrorists" just in time for Russian recapitulation. Bashar is about to have his Assad handed to him.
  • When will Syria do something about its gun problem?
  • I'm not losing sleep over Assad's imminent demise, but some of the tactics that the rebels are resorting to are despicable.
  • beezeltown: I guess the US added the caveat of labeling certain rebels as "terrorists" just in time for Russian recapitulation. Bashar is about to have his Assad handed to him.


    It annoys me that that word doesn't mean what it looks like it should mean.

    /although I guess it makes sense once you realise it's the source of the word recap
  • FTA:
    Russia still maintains that the ousting of President Assad would deepen the conflict,...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that resolve the conflict?
  • justinguarini4ever: I'm not losing sleep over Assad's imminent demise, but some of the tactics that the rebels are resorting to are despicable.


    This just in: people who fight in wars resort to immoral tactics to win.
  • Doom MD: When will Syria do something about its gun problem?


    We should let them borrow our 2nd amendment for a few days.
  • justinguarini4ever: I'm not losing sleep over Assad's imminent demise, but some of the tactics that the rebels are resorting to are despicable.


    It's also not like the end of the Assad regime is going to result in anything but a genocidal bloodbath and yet another displaced refugee population in the Middle East to go with the Kurds and the Palestinians.
  • BoothbyTCD: justinguarini4ever: I'm not losing sleep over Assad's imminent demise, but some of the tactics that the rebels are resorting to are despicable.

    It's also not like the end of the Assad regime is going to result in anything but a genocidal bloodbath and yet another displaced refugee population in the Middle East to go with the Kurds and the Palestinians.


    Luckily they're only muslims
  • Bondith: What's Russian for "He may be a murderous dictator, but he's our murderous dictator"?


    Он может быть кровавого диктатора, но он наш кровавого диктатора
  • cgraves67: This just in: people who fight in wars resort to immoral tactics to win.


    Asymmetric warfare is never easy to digest... overwhelming force is overcome with overwhelming crazy. Of course, traditional warfare is pretty freaking awful, too.

    BoothbyTCD: It's also not like the end of the Assad regime is going to result in anything but a genocidal bloodbath and yet another displaced refugee population in the Middle East to go with the Kurds and the Palestinians.


    Assad may have decided to become a butcher, but his regime has been holding the lid on a pressure cooker of insanity the same way that Saddam was in Iraq. Revolution in Syria will be even worse than the Iraqi Civil War, because there will be no modern military to attempt to tamp the violence nor provide all the medical and relief support... and remember the Iraqi Civil War was horrible.
  • Pair-o-Dice: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that resolve the conflict?


    It would result in a power vacuum and a lot of infighting, though that's probably going to happen anyway. The rebels are united by a common enemy but they don't necessarily agree on anything else.
  • A lot of people just don't get what we're doing in Syria.

    Sure, we're avoiding direct engagement, and any support we provide happens covertly, but there's a whole other level that's been going on, and that's the regional long view regarding Russia and Iran.

    When this ends, the Allawites are going to get the fark out of dodge, leaving Russia and Iran with NO friends in the region. 

    Sure, there will be plenty of Syrians who will be bitter that we never intervened, but if they're unhappy about our nonintervention in their favor, how do you think they're going to feel about Iran and Russia's continuous support against them?

    In the end it'll be no worse for us, and much worse for our opponents and competitors...i.e. a win for us.
  • The syrian opposition has made a critical mistake by not cutting a deal with Russia by now. We all know what the Russians want in Syria... they want 1) their naval base, 2) continued weapons purchases and 3) they'd like the bad precedent of pro-democracy protests that morph into armed struggle and topple one of their allies to not happen because it may give others ideas.

    By now Moscow must realize they probably won't get item 3. But they gotta double down because they think they've lost items 1 and 2. A deal should be offered to them by the Syrian opposition: abstain from vetoing the next UN resolution about Syria (don't even have to vote for it) and you may have a shot at keeping items 1 and 2. Oppose the resolution and the 1) base will absolutely be gone, 2) Syria will begin a complete overhaul of its armed forces that will in the future include zero purchases of Russian weapons, 3) Syria will routinely oppose Russian interests at any international forum out of spite

    They should also eventually include teaching of the revolution in the shools that includes a lesson on Russia hate so that their children and their children h8 on them until the end of time.

    Of course... If I was Russia... I'd take this the deal if offered by the Syrian rebels and secretely ensure that another deal wasn't cut with China.
  • The Islamofascists are winning.
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