Last edited by MMC; 09-08-13 at 10:00 AM.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/2514...rom-Syria.aspxThe exodus of Christians from Syria has been increasing over the past four decades since president Hafez Al-Assad, father of Bashar Al-Assad, took power in 1971. When the country became independent in 1945, Christians represented some 20 per cent of the population, but by 1980 this figure had dropped to 16.5 per cent, or around 2.5 million people, and it dipped to 11 per cent in 1990. Today, it is estimated at six per cent of the population, or 1.5 million people.
2- As another poster mentioned, there is debate about who used gas. The truth is that the rebels have claimed to use it as well so we have a choice. Which user will we support? My eyes are open and what I see are two sides, neither worthy of our support.
3- Glad we agree on something. Only one side however has Islamist AlQaeda fighters in it's corner who have leaders who cut the hearts out of dead enemies and eat them raw. I guess you side with them.
How many gains can we have as a nation if we enter into a military conflict with no other stated mission than to annoy one of the combatants. Put another way, as someone here intelligently asked, "how many Syrians should we kill to make Syrians stop killing Syrians. Hows that for humanity?
Pentagon planners are now considering using Air Force bombers, as well as five US missile destroyers currently patrolling the eastern Mediterranean Sea, to launch cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles from far out of range of Syrian air defenses, according to the newspaper report.
The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group with one cruiser and three destroyers positioned in the Read Sea can also fire cruise missiles at Syria.
"There will be several volleys and an assessment after each volley, but all within 72 hours and a clear indication when we are done," an officer familiar with the planning told the Times
Obama is scheduled to tape interviews Monday with anchors of the three major broadcast networks, as well as with PBS, CNN and Fox News.
The interviews, to air that night, will precede Obama's address to the nation Tuesday ahead of an expected full Senate vote.....snip~
Looks like the media will now call it a Show of Force.....since they don't think it will change anything on the ground. Still Assad has moved things in and around civilian Neighborhoods already. I am sure we will be getting those images as soon as the first volley is done.
Howdy MMC! Don't know if you've looked at it or not but in the "Syrian rebels take Christian village" thread you will see that President Assad's forces tried to fight off the all qaida terrorists that were attacking the Christian village but couldn't hold their ground and pulled back. There are now 1,500 of them in the village. I feel deeply concerned for the inhabitants of that city. Feature this, Assad's forces fighting the terrorists to protect a Christian village and the US is BELLIGERENTLY going forward with an attack on him!!!! This is so ****ed up. We really do have lunatics and sociopaths at the helm.
I think that answered all your questions. We should sit. It isn't in our national interest to get involved. We fought in Iraq at the cost of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now they have turned into Iran's puppet. The problem here is radical Islam and the Islamists will go from country to country destabilizing every nation in the Middle East until all the secular governments are gone and theocracies rule. It won't stop until people in the Middle East demand it stop and stand up to it. An example of that is the defeat of the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt. It's important to understand that the defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood came from within Egypt. Middle Easterners have to decide for themselves what kind of government they want. We can only go there and make enemies. We have no true friends in the Middle East other than Israel and no Islamist will accept friendship from another nation outside of Islam.