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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Monkeying with revolutions in other countries has never once come back to bite us, I say go for it!
    *cough*
    Doesn't mean we should never intervene, though.

    One of Bill Clinton's greatest regrets was that he didn't intervene during the Rwandan genocide.
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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Doesn't mean we should never intervene, though.

    One of Bill Clinton's greatest regrets was that he didn't intervene during the Rwandan genocide.
    I am ok if our intervention is sparking the UN, but otherwise, we don't need to be involved.
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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    who's taking solid action? In face of such concerns, I said the West's reaction has been cautious.

    And I believe we are not providing lethal aid. Or was the order to supply lethal aid sent in another double-secret directive?
    I don't think you understand how it works. They aren't going to advertise supplying munitions so the admitted shipments are just cover. It has always been like this.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Doesn't mean we should never intervene, though.

    One of Bill Clinton's greatest regrets was that he didn't intervene during the Rwandan genocide.
    I thought his biggest regrets were of an entirely different nature...
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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Furiounova View Post
    I don't think you understand how it works. They aren't going to advertise supplying munitions so the admitted shipments are just cover. It has always been like this.
    Oh right, sorry. I must have misplaced my tinfoil hat.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Monkeying with revolutions in other countries has never once come back to bite us, I say go for it!
    *cough*
    Never said it hasn't. Nor does it follow that if intervention A backfired, all interventions must necessarily backfire.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    As much as I'm saddened by what's happening in Syria, the world is aware that a huge contingent of Al Qaeda is fighting on the rebels' side. For every perceived successful rebellion, as in Tunesia, there are rebellions that have left the country in flux, under the same or worse oppression than that which they rebelled against, as in Egypt and parts of Africa and Malaysia. The jury is still out on Libya.

    People should be careful what they wish for. A country controlled by a western-hating dictator may or may not be better than a country controlled by a western-hating terrorist organization like Al Qaeda. Can anyone imagine what carnage Al Qaeda could reap if it had the resources of an entire country to draw from, along with international representation and recognition? I can.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    There is legitimate concern that militant Sunni organizations such as Al Qaeda are seeking to steer the uprising to their own ends, which is one reason the response from the West, in particular the US, has been so tepid. In fact, the order from Obama explicitly forbids providing the rebels with "lethal" equipment for this exact reason.

    But, in general, I don't see how the rebel's response to the government's violent suppression of peaceful protests with violence qualifies them "terrorists". Unless your definition of terrorist is as moronic as "muslim with an AK-47".
    I haven't seen your link documenting these peaceful protestors that you speak of. Perhaps you are speaking metaphorically? It would not be appropriate to think that your typing fingers were working without your mind.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Didn't China and Russia say no military ops in Syria?

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    Oh right, sorry. I must have misplaced my tinfoil hat.
    Portable brains can be hazardous. Hopefully it is accessible when you read:

    "The Obama administration quietly has cleared the way for U.S. residents to buy weapons for the rebels who are fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, granting a Washington-based advocacy group a rare license to collect money for arms and other equipment."
    U.S. eases arms purchases for Syrian rebels - World - MyrtleBeachOnline.com
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