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    Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels | Reuters

    Not entirely surprising, really. Ultimately it's a wise move; for Assad the writing is on the wall. It's still very unclear how long he will survive, though. Two weeks ago, the FSA seemed poised to bring it all down, but the Army has since retaliated and regained much of what they lost.

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Not much of a secret it would seem. I know DP is at the cutting edge but.......

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    And the leaks continue....

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    I love that we have secret support for the rebels. Does Obama also have secret love for his wife? Rediculous. Stop the leaks.
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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    so we are financing terrorists? Or are they not terrorists if we like them? Are we financing insurgents? Or are we calling them freedom fighters?

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Furiounova View Post
    so we are financing terrorists? Or are they not terrorists if we like them? Are we financing insurgents? Or are we calling them freedom fighters?
    It all depends. If they sodimize their leader with a knife, freedom fighters. If they sieze a town, they are insurgents. If they sieze the capital, and then claim they hate the US, then they are terrorists.
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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by Furiounova View Post
    so we are financing terrorists? Or are they not terrorists if we like them? Are we financing insurgents? Or are we calling them freedom fighters?
    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".

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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 guess they would be terrorists in the same sense that the founding fathers were terrorists.
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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".
    where is the info on al qaeda angling in?

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    Re: Obama authorizes secret support for Syrian rebels

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    I guess they would be terrorists in the same sense that the founding fathers were terrorists.
    so, in no sense at all.

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