View Poll Results: Should we take out Assad?

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Thread: Is assasination acceptable?

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    Mid 20th Century didn't have the sort of terrorism we have today. War is something fluid, it has to adapt to its times.
    I believe 19th Century Russia had more terrorism than we had today... In fact terrorism was more common earlier in history...
    and assassinations are far less common now...

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    If this situation in Syria, could be dealt with by one of our special forces operations removing certain facets of the problem with deadly force, would you find the tradeoff a wise venture. In other words, if we could kill Assad to stop the ongoing slaughter of thousands, would you go along with it?
    Officially, no.

    Unofficially, yes if it increases our hegemony in the region and we can make it appear to be the work of one of our competitors.

    Of course, the problem with assassinating political leaders, even recklessly brutal political leaders, is the potential for blowback and likewise reciprocation. This is why such things are done sparingly.
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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    I believe 19th Century Russia had more terrorism than we had today... In fact terrorism was more common earlier in history...
    and assassinations are far less common now...

    Sure ... but you forget one little detail: the Bolsheviks didn't have nuclear weapons.

    There lies the difference my friend.

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    I have no problem with assassinations. Foreign heads of state I take issue with though, efforts to capture and prosecute should be taken within reasonable limits before an assasination is ordered. We would need to be very sensitive to world opinion before doing taking action. However, if we leave enforcement up to UN well just repeat what happened last week when China and Russia voted against a resolution to remove Assad from power.

    For people who oppose assassinations? How do you define it? This seems to be pretty controversial

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    Sure ... but you forget one little detail: the Bolsheviks didn't have nuclear weapons.

    There lies the difference my friend.
    I don't think Iran has supported a terror action since the 80's... the most recent of which they are accused seems to be quietly brushed aside as to not gain attention over the absurdity of its plausibility.


    And Iran doesn't have a nuke...

    Also... I'm pretty sure the USSR had nukes.

    And terrorists don't.

    and that the Russian revolution was in the 20th century.



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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I have a serious problem with that type of operation. We would be making decisions for what we believe is best for the people of Syria, when Syria should be making those decisions, and acting upon them, themselves.
    I kind of thought that this was what the people of Syria are actually doing right now.

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    I don't think Iran has supported a terror action since the 80's... the most recent of which they are accused seems to be quietly brushed aside as to not gain attention over the absurdity of its plausibility.


    And Iran doesn't have a nuke...

    ..............


    You are joking right? you must be ....


    Iran hates nukes! Iran is allergic to nukes! haaaa ignorance is bliss I guess!

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    I would say NO, for several reason, not least of which are that the USA will be blamed by the Arabs for whatever happens.
    Assassinations are supposed to be against American law, not that the LAW matters with this administration.
    Obama (Being inclined to favor Islam) would not agree to Assad being taken out.
    It would be a waste of yet another SEAL's life, as with those that took Bin Laden out, were in their turn taken out.

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Under the circumstances I think assassination may be useful, I like how the US is handling this and should there be an assassination I would not be surprised.


    "Syrian rights activists say government forces have bombarded the rebellious central city of Homs for a sixth day, killing at least 60 people and leaving makeshift hospitals overwhelmed as divided world powers struggled to end the violence.

    The activists said Thursday relentless government shelling and rocket strikes on Homs were creating a worsening humanitarian crisis, with rebel-dominated neighborhoods lacking water and electricity and running low on basic supplies. They said the onslaught that began early Saturday has killed hundreds of people, making it the deadliest attack on Homs of the 11-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule.

    Mr. Obama has agreed to work with Washington's European and Arab allies to organize a group of nations known as Friends of Syria to explore ways of further isolating and pressuring the Assad government to stop the violence. Western and Arab nations decided to try to form the group after seeing Russia and China block their efforts to pressure Mr. Assad through the U.N. Security Council."
    Activists: Assad Forces Kill 60 in Syria’s Homs, Hospitals Overwhelmed « VOA Breaking News

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    Re: Is assasination acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pointy View Post
    I kind of thought that this was what the people of Syria are actually doing right now.
    Not if we go in and assassinate their leader, or otherwise "help" them out.
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