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02:40 PM on 06/17/2013
Same Libyan trick cannot be used again to overthrow another Arab government. Instead of working hard for peace deal in Geneva, west just wants to add gasoline to the fire. Russia has their own interests over there and they have learned their lesson not to trust NATO's version of "no fly zone". Every war has to end one day, and Syrians will have to negotiate some kind of peace deal, sooner or later. Thsi could easily get out of control and spread to become much wider confict, including WW III.
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dustup101
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02:37 PM on 06/17/2013
Russia is supporting an unfair fight and the deaths of thousands.
perspectivecheck
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03:10 PM on 06/17/2013
They are supporting a country figuring it out for themselves. Imagine if foreign forces greatly helped the rebels in our civil war.
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dustup101
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04:01 PM on 06/17/2013
Without the French we might not have won our Independence from Britain. Without the ending of slavery, both France and Brition might have sided with the South. Well played Mr Lincoln.

http://www.civilwarhome.com/europeandcivilwar.htm
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dustup101
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04:07 PM on 06/17/2013
Muskets and bayonets in close quarters is a fair fight. Sophisticated Russian military air support is a David and Goliath. Not impossible, but the odds are really stacked in favor of Goliath.
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AlonzoQuijana
03:36 PM on 06/17/2013
And if we support the rebels? They'll massacre all the Assad supporters in an "unfair" fight.
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dustup101
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05:07 PM on 06/17/2013
I am not a hawk and would prefer to sit this out. I was pretty proud Pres Obama kept it down for as long as possible. I do hate an unfair advantage in any fight, but will assume like Lybia the guns will end up in the hands of bad guys and terrorists.

One war at a time. Maybe this means we will leave Afghanistan sooner, rather than later.
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plutocracy2012
02:33 PM on 06/17/2013
Obama will likely now allow Syrians to immigrate to America next with free health care, school, housing, etc., etc.
03:20 PM on 06/17/2013
yep, just like your pal's Regan and Bush. Oh, how that must ruffle your feathers.
03:32 PM on 06/17/2013
That or drop some drones... sell some weapons.. nuke a few..
02:23 PM on 06/17/2013
The only lesson I've learned in life so far: every metal (everybody?) has their melting temperature. And that Realpolitik bypasses any hindrance.
02:18 PM on 06/17/2013
Take that Obama, you thought you could buck Russia, not with your personality!!!
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Amminadab
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02:32 PM on 06/17/2013
Obama has already ruled out imposing a no-fly zone.

Why are you so misinformed?
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rschli7137
02:50 PM on 06/17/2013
Uh! Helloooo...Obama has not imposed a no-fly zone. If he wants to, he will. I don't think he is afraid of saber-rattling by Russia. My personal opinion...STAY OUT OF IT! Sorry Syria, but we've had enough war for awhile.
04:39 PM on 06/17/2013
Obama has to do something, he gave away Egypt and Libia to the Muslim Brootherhoodand he wants to give Syria to them too, so he has to find a way to support the Rebels!!!
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xona
A true libertarian with anarchistic tendencies
02:14 PM on 06/17/2013
Russia says NO! to a no-fly zone and the world's most powerful military can do nothing about it.
02:59 PM on 06/17/2013
and why in gods name would we impose a no-fly zone anywhere?
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HeyNow01
03:38 PM on 06/17/2013
Who knows, maybe Xona wears a large belt buckle or something.
xona
A true libertarian with anarchistic tendencies
03:58 PM on 06/17/2013
I have no idea - but the American War Hawks - like John McCain, would love it.
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AlonzoQuijana
03:37 PM on 06/17/2013
A no fly zone costs $50 million a day. Too expensive. And to what end exactly?
xona
A true libertarian with anarchistic tendencies
03:56 PM on 06/17/2013
To no good end. And, I think 50 million a day may be on the cheap side.
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02:10 PM on 06/17/2013
The czar has spoken. Be afraid???? Or he'll give you a very hard look.
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02:08 PM on 06/17/2013
This is a no win situation, the UN is helpless.Russia has veto, and needs that warm water port.
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plutocracy2012
02:29 PM on 06/17/2013
Like the UN so 'is' America.
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David Christensen
02:06 PM on 06/17/2013
Sure wish that someone would step on that foot.
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chlai88
Change is the only constant
02:05 PM on 06/17/2013
Anybody asked Putin yet why is he so supportive of Assad's slaughtering of his people? If Putin is in love with Assad, well that's his own personal affair. But why allow Assad to massacre from the air?
02:33 PM on 06/17/2013
It must be profitable! As always! Want the truth? Follow the money!
02:05 PM on 06/17/2013
If the war was conducted against a US armed tyrant, and a US citizen did the exact same thing as the US government has now decided to do, Obama could safely sentence him to death without trial (with the sentence probably carried out by a drone). He would be arming terrorist organizations, which is much more than many of those sentenced to death without trial before have done (the people that the US has decided to arm would be defined as terrorists if they were waging war against a US armed tyrant). If anyone objected to the sentence, he would be an unpatriotic terrorist sympathizer that support organ eating animals that kills thousands.

I don't know what to do in Syria, but when Obama is able and willing to issue death sentences without trial against people doing the exact same thing as the US government has now decided to do, then we have a problem.

If evil terrorists must always be opposed, if Obama sentencing people to death without trial is necessary to fight them, if fighting the terrorists is so important that giving up democracy is an acceptable side effect, then obviously they should not be armed in Syria.

If arming them in Syria is right despite the type of people they are, then fighting them elsewhere can not possibly be important enough to give up democracy over.

This level of asymmetry and inconsistency is not combinable with democracy in the long run.
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umish
God created man as a joke to see if he could
01:53 PM on 06/17/2013
OK, Lets see whose jets are better their MIG 23 (or whatever itteration they are on) or our Jets. We need real life practice.... May the best jet win.
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Amminadab
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02:33 PM on 06/17/2013
You don't need to use jets to shoot down jets.
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umish
God created man as a joke to see if he could
02:37 PM on 06/17/2013
no you dont, but i dont think russia is that stupid to make this a full fldged world war.   Putin doesnt have the brass to push it that far. 
03:22 PM on 06/17/2013
HELL YA! That's what I am talking about.
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FunkSands
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01:53 PM on 06/17/2013
If Syria was a hitchhiker it would be wearing a hockey mask and carrying a chainsaw.  Sometimes you just need to keep driving....
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Fido0311
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02:15 PM on 06/17/2013
That about puts it into more perspective than anything I have read so far!
01:48 PM on 06/17/2013
Arming them for all out non-ending war, arming the multiple diverse terrorists from all around as
well. Those weapons can be turned on him as well as everyone else just as easily. Seems
Russian leaders don't wish to be part of a solution... their problem.