Category Archives: Syria

The Syrian Experiment

Unlike in Tripoli, there will be no direct American intervention in Damascus. At most, the United States and its Middle Eastern allies will continue to make the Syrian uprising possible through material support. Contrary to paranoiac expectations, President Obama does … Continue reading

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Seymour Hersh Versus The Imaginary Warmonger

Syria has had a real, genuine, verified program to build WMD, whereas al-Nusrah’s alleged program appears to be more aspirational than factual. Continue reading

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Burned By Bush, Media Enables Syria Conspiracy Nuts With Concern Quotes

Nausea, twitching, and convulsions. Severely dilated pupils. Red, tearing eyes. Uncontrollable drooling and runny nose. These are the symptoms of a GB nerve agent attack that I learned at Army Basic Training. I used to have nightmares about the stuff, … Continue reading

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Damascene Götterdämmerung (UPDATE: Defeat Doctrine)

This Voice Of America article offers divergent points of view on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons. Given their history as deterrent to Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear force, Syrian stockpiles were never designed for use against Syrian cities. But the chances … Continue reading

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Damascene Götterdämmerung (UPDATE: Defeat Doctrine)

This Voice Of America article offers divergent points of view on the question of Syria’s chemical weapons. Given their history as deterrent to Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear force, Syrian stockpiles were never designed for use against Syrian cities. But the chances … Continue reading

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Arc de Triomphe a la Syria

Continuing violence and atrocities are obviating any peace initiative in Syria: France now says the Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan proposed by international envoy Kofi Annan fails to stop the … Continue reading

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Look Out, Here Come the Ottomans

Bashar al-Assad is determined to go the hard way, and he’s making the giant to his North angry. This is Turkey’s head of state speaking: What should Turkey do in the event of a border violation? Turkey will eventually do … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Syrian Children

Youth participation is a hallmark of genuine grassroots activism. It’s also a constant in warfare. Where activism is met with violence, children are invariably the first casualties. The children at the end of the video above are Syrian, and their … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Russia’s “Last Chance” in Syria

Russia was one of the two UN Security Council members responsible for greenlighting the Assad regime’s crackdown on dissidents. Now Russia is reportedly losing patience with the ongoing massacres, as if they couldn’t see this coming: “This may be the … Continue reading

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The Syrian Experiment

As I said yesterday morning, China and Russia are using Syria as a laboratory for non-intervention. With a death toll already in the thousands, the opposition shows no sign of giving up and neither does Assad’s Alawite regime. A discussion … Continue reading

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Rules of Politics

I’m going out on a totally-unsupported limb here and rethink my whole attitude towards the Dubai assassination mess just on this guy’s say-so: “There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad and not some other intelligence … Continue reading

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