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luvprr
04:50 PM on 10/09/2012
Be interesting to see NATO troops sent in to do the job without US troops actually taking any kind of significant role. Be shock to other countries to have us suggest that I'm sure.
screwitall
excellence
05:45 PM on 10/09/2012
When all is said and done it will be our kids and our money............bet on iy
04:46 PM on 10/09/2012
For NATO syria is a rehersal place and the big picture to US and NATO is to confront russia over missle defense and it leds to global war and destruction.
07:13 PM on 10/09/2012
So NATO's cunning plan is to destroy the world?
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jcrum417
What kind of a crazy world was I born into
04:38 PM on 10/09/2012
Don't buy into this nonsense people. There is no need for any of these wars. Syria and Iran are not the enemy.
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borislavn
Come home with your shield or on it
05:04 PM on 10/09/2012
Who is?
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jcrum417
What kind of a crazy world was I born into
05:42 PM on 10/09/2012
Follow the money trail, it is rather obvious.
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Jack Glastra
My best comments are still pending.
05:08 PM on 10/09/2012
Why should we get involved anyway?
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borislavn
Come home with your shield or on it
05:25 PM on 10/09/2012
They are probably our ally.
04:37 PM on 10/09/2012
I can't figure out why Syria would want to mess with Turkey. Seems like they're already busy internally, and a war with Turkey (and the world) would probably be the end of Assad. All I can think is the West / NATO is looking for an excuse?
04:53 PM on 10/09/2012
Yes. An excuse to be on the ground next to Iran.
07:53 PM on 10/09/2012
Iraq and Afghanistan aren't close enough?

I don't know that it has to do with Iran. If it's western meddling, then it's about Syria. I'm sure the US and most of the world would like to shut Assad down, but there's not much stomach for a third US land war.

I'm not even sure that it's western meddling, but that's the closest I can come to making sense of it. I know Syria claims (probably correctly) that rebels are using Turkey as a safe haven, but I can't see why Syria would risk getting into a real war with Turkey.

Maybe Assad thinks a foreign enemy would unify the Syrians? If that's what he thinks, he's probably wrong - especially if the foreign enemy isn't in US uniforms. Then again, I'm not sure he has much to lose.

So, I still don't understand it.
06:36 PM on 10/09/2012
Turkey is supporting the Syrian rebeles.
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NoireLion
1st 505thParachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne
04:36 PM on 10/09/2012
scuttlebutt says 5 tactical fighter wings went over this weekend alone with a convoy of tankers to fly them to the theater...
I don't know what Syria thinks is happening...but they gonna get alotta Syrian line troops and pilots smoked- if they keep playing these games. NATO takes attacks on its member nations- incredibly seriously.
And russia better tone down the bellicosity... everyone knows they are selling wolf-tickets...
Al Assad- your life is going to be measured in weeks -going forward...no warcrimes tribunal for you.... Turkish Ozel Komando units (Turk Delta Force)- are going to make sure he isn't around for alot of talking when this is over.
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MacTheCat
Those Clouds You See Aren't really clouds at all
04:30 PM on 10/09/2012
Turkey, which became a Nato member (and is about as far from the north atlantic as a nation can be and still be attached to "Europe") became a member not long ago after much wrangling.

Now, these alleged attacks, may be the door that the colonialist powers of Europe--France, England, and others--use to open a broader offensive in the mid east; one that will put them right on the frontiers of Iran, which is the real target.

Too many coincidences, too many chess pieces in play.
04:42 PM on 10/09/2012
Turkey knew that if they accepted being part of the middle east they would soon be attacked also! so like the saying goes "if you can't beat them! join them"!
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Linda Conti
04:52 PM on 10/09/2012
Do you think that Iran would assist Syria if anything would happen? If that did happen how do you think Russia would react? You are very informative, thank you.
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MacTheCat
Those Clouds You See Aren't really clouds at all
05:07 PM on 10/09/2012
Here's what I believe (for what that's worth).

I think the revolt in Syria was created on the same Western intelligence community drawing boards as all the other so called arab spring revolts were.

I think if it did not provided a launching pad for the West into Iran, that no one in the world would care about those people, just as we've ignored far worse in Africa and southeast Asia.

I do not believe that Iran wants war with anyone. But they are the only nation in the region without a European style Central Bank, which cannot be allowed, so they are forced to bluster! Historically they have been a peaceful people. It is not Iran that has invaded or started wars in the Mid East, but rather Iraq, Is real and Pakistan, all with Saudi funding.  So, no, I don't believe they would enter on Syria's behalf.

If England, France and the US force Nato to jump in on Turkey's side, it would be a ridiculous overreaction, given tiny Syria vs the massive armies of Turkey back by Nato. Russian involvement would be based on whether their banks would be funded by the EU central banks (especially the Bank of England), because historically banks always fund both sides in any war, and like all the other countries in volved here, Russia would only be in it for the money.
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leesmkt
04:24 PM on 10/09/2012
Turkey is far more importent than Afganistan.
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Unum
In progress
04:23 PM on 10/09/2012
FORGET The Presidential Election. When are we going to HELP them get out of this mess?
screwitall
excellence
05:49 PM on 10/09/2012
"when",hopefully never
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Unum
In progress
01:09 PM on 10/11/2012
You're living up to your name
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MrBadger
04:16 PM on 10/09/2012
Well, there is the "caus belli" if anyone wants to intervene in Syria. I doubt it will happen but if they wanted to this would be how they'd do it.
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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
04:08 PM on 10/09/2012
Let's just hope that this stays symbolic. We can't afford another war.
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NoireLion
1st 505thParachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne
04:40 PM on 10/09/2012
this is a "good shoot" - Turkey is our treaty bound NATO ally.
they came to our aid- in every fight without being asked...
and we will be there for them..Obama has probably already propositioned forces and stockpiles...
There will be no playing any games with Syria- attacking NATO member nations - earns you a beat down. The 82nd Airborne- stands ready.
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plantbasedpunk
live from the PHX
04:06 PM on 10/09/2012
Syria has good reason to attack Turkey. They are harboring, training and arming the rebels. Heck, one could even make the case that Turkey is the rebels key base of operations. Furthermore, if they provoke Turkey, perhaps they'll do all their bombing for them. We already know that Assad and the regime have no problem killing indiscriminately.
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Raglimidechi
standing on fishes
03:48 PM on 10/09/2012
The fighting in Syria will eventually light a regional conflagration if it's not shut down.
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jcrum417
What kind of a crazy world was I born into
04:41 PM on 10/09/2012
That is what the goal is.
05:09 PM on 10/09/2012
jcrum...appear so...
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Farmers Market
Media Propaganda for War and Special Interests
03:46 PM on 10/09/2012
Full scale hegemonic war in the Middle East has never looked so close.

Some believe Syria must be taken down in order to weaken Iran and protect Israel before an attack begins upon Iran.

Turkey is all too willing to shed the blood of its own people to pursue the interest of the US, Israel (who murdered 9 Turks) and Europe, which despises Turkey and blocks its membership to the EU.

How does this potential war benefit the people of Turkey?
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natureboy10307
04:23 PM on 10/09/2012
Turkey isn't benefiting at all. Their benefiting for the help of NATO if Syria keeps attacking.
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Farmers Market
Media Propaganda for War and Special Interests
12:02 AM on 10/10/2012
What leads you to believe that Syria did attack Turkey?
cogentidea76
I got used to being wrong long ago
04:36 PM on 10/09/2012
Hyperbole aside, the "potential" war does not benefit the Turkeys and I can tell you this, I don't want any American sons and daughters sent to another flea-bag part of the world.
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Farmers Market
Media Propaganda for War and Special Interests
12:05 AM on 10/10/2012
It is accurate to describe what is happening as a war for Western hegemony. No hyperbole in that.
DUSAA-1775
never moon a werewolf
03:10 PM on 10/09/2012
Who in their right mind ( Obviously that leaves out the two lunk-heads who wrote the article) thinks that Syria is in any position or has any desire to attack turkey?
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macungiee8
03:37 PM on 10/09/2012
Well attack or not, that does not give the the right to lob rockets from there idiotic army across the boarder. Syria would last about 2 days if NATO wanted to kick but, maybe 2 hours.
DUSAA-1775
never moon a werewolf
04:24 PM on 10/09/2012
So your reply to ' who in their right mind' is ...' that does not give the the right to lob rockets...'

and you think that is an answer because....?
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fumes
Old black water, keep on rollin'
03:52 PM on 10/09/2012
it's almost..

Thanksgiving
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athiesttoo
reorganization: creating an illusion of progress
02:53 PM on 10/09/2012
That's how WW's 1&2 began , one country invaded another's sovereignty and all the Allies lined up on 2 sides and off they went.
I realize it was way more complicated then that but in the end the alliances sucked everybody in.
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jestermarcus
Don't fan me yet, you'll hate me soon enough...
03:12 PM on 10/09/2012
And who is lining up to defend Syria? Russia sure won't.
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03:49 PM on 10/09/2012
Russia is already reinforcing its Syrian naval base, they won't stop at that.
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plantbasedpunk
live from the PHX
04:03 PM on 10/09/2012
Iran. They have an interest in keeping Assad in power as there is a link between the predominately shiite Islam and Assad's alawite sect.
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NoireLion
1st 505thParachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne
04:46 PM on 10/09/2012
russia talks smack- but they dont have the capability to ramp up and fight...
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icanhazemail
Just say no to Fox
05:45 PM on 10/09/2012
I see your Military micro-bio there, so I ask..really? You don't think Russia is equipped enough for war?

I'm honestly asking as you probably know a bit more about that than I would.

Why do you think they lack the capability?
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Cory Gudwin
examine thyself before blaming the system
07:34 PM on 10/09/2012
Not only will Russia do nothing here they will do nothing when Irans nuclear sites are attacked. Nothing so important there that would justify a miltary conflict with the US and Israel. And China can never have a war with the US because it now owns all the US debt and wants to get paid.