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What is compelling reason for Syria war?

August 30, 2013

For many years, former President George W. Bush and his administration have been condemned by many for allegedly going to war against Iraq under false pretenses in 2003....

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Voteno

Aug-30-13 10:17 PM

Exactly. And that of course brings on the question: If we take it out, what replaces it? As Simon & Garfunkel told Mrs Robinson, "Laugh about it, shout about it, when you've got to choose; any way you look at it, you lose."

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Voteno

Aug-30-13 11:42 AM

Wildthing, I'm not out to convert anybody; and the various Muslim factions seem to be taking care of the killing and dying quite nicely themselves.

In fact, given this tendency of the various sects to settle their disputes by killing each other, I sometimes wonder if Islam is going to survive long term in any meaningful form.

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Voteno

Aug-30-13 1:25 AM

If the President goes ahead with this, I look for impeachment and, since Senate Democrats are fond of being reelected, quite possibly conviction.

George Santayana was right: we do not learn from the past, and are doomed to repeat it.

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Voteno

Aug-30-13 1:21 AM

Actually, the evidence is more persuasive. It's obvious that someone used chemical weapons, and it's more probable, though far from conclusive, that it was Assad's government. The problem is, the evidence creates no reason for us to go to war, particularly now that our allies are backpedalling.

The simple truth is, nothing we do is going to improve things in Syria; and any aggressive step will worsen it. Sunni, Shia, Alawi, whoever all are simply going to have to learn what Christianity learned after the post-Reformation centuries of religious war: you don't win converts by killing each other. Annoying as it is, the world includes people who disagree with you. You learn to live with it.

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