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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Are the rebels Sunni, then? Is this in reality a religious war? If so, then we want to stay as far away from it as we possibly can.
    Most of the Syrian population is Sunni, so it's almost certain that most of the rebels are Sunni. The Saudis, Jordanians, Omanis and Kuwaitis are Sunnis, as are the north Africans from Morocco to Egypt, and nearly all sub-Saharan Muslims. We get along very well with most of those.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    You are assuming that all the rebel groups are Sunni. That may not be the case. We shouldn't assume in this matter.

    Israel can take care of itself. We need to ease up the obsession with that country as it is.
    The vast majority of Syrians are Sunni. Therefore it's extremely likely the vast majority of rebels are Sunni. The way to be less obsessed with Israel is for Israel to feel less threatened.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Most of the Syrian population is Sunni, so it's almost certain that most of the rebels are Sunni. The Saudis, Jordanians, Omanis and Kuwaitis are Sunnis, as are the north Africans from Morocco to Egypt, and nearly all sub-Saharan Muslims. We get along very well with most of those.
    So, it's not necessarily a people rising up and throwing off a dictator, but a Sunni population wanting to replace a Shia dictator.

    Well, it's well that we can get along with one of the factions, at least.

    But, let's not pretend that we're going to fight for democracy in Syria.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The vast majority of Syrians are Sunni. Therefore it's extremely likely the vast majority of rebels are Sunni. The way to be less obsessed with Israel is for Israel to feel less threatened.
    That again assumes it to be fact. Extremely likely doesn't mean absolutely and that isn't a chance we should take quite frankly.

    The way to be less obsessed with Israel is to allow them to make their own decisions and stop sending them so much when we don't have the money. We're in a huge deficit....Israel can take care of themselves.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    So, it's not necessarily a people rising up and throwing off a dictator, but a Sunni population wanting to replace a Shia dictator.

    Well, it's well that we can get along with one of the factions, at least.

    But, let's not pretend that we're going to fight for democracy in Syria.
    It's a genuine popular uprising. It would not have endured if it were not. The majority is rising up against decades of minority rule.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    It's a genuine popular uprising. It would not have endured if it were not. The majority is rising up against decades of minority rule.
    OK, but are they rising up to create a peaceful democratic republic, or to simply institute another theocracy/dictatorship with the majority calling the shots?
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    That again assumes it to be fact. Extremely likely doesn't mean absolutely and that isn't a chance we should take quite frankly.

    The way to be less obsessed with Israel is to allow them to make their own decisions and stop sending them so much when we don't have the money. We're in a huge deficit....Israel can take care of themselves.
    If you want to be certain to provoke a middle east war that will certainly draw in the US then make Israel feel alone and weak in the face of their enemies. The policy you advocate is the one most likely to cause war that will involve the US.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    OK, but are they rising up to create a peaceful democratic republic, or to simply institute another theocracy/dictatorship with the majority calling the shots?

    It's the middle east; democracy is a long shot.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    It's the middle east; democracy is a long shot.
    That's what I thought.

    So, let's stay out, not draw any more red lines.
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    re: US suspects Syria used chemical weapons [W:284]

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The vast majority of Syrians are Sunni. Therefore it's extremely likely the vast majority of rebels are Sunni. The way to be less obsessed with Israel is for Israel to feel less threatened.
    Good evening, Jack.

    Would you know which of the two factions, Sunni or Shia, might be considered the most strict in their religious beliefs, ie, more modern vs old school? If there is not much difference, what is the cause of the uprising, other than dislike of the other party? They all had to start from one source, so to speak.

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