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Syria's Assad deploys army; Clinton says no US intervention
Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-27-11

Posted on 03/27/2011 3:34:11 PM PDT by SJackson

Soldiers take to streets in Latakia where 12 were killed in 2 days of clashes; Clinton says US deplores bloodshed in Syria but a Libya-style intervention not expected; Assad adviser says emergency law to be lifted. AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army for the first time in nearly two weeks of protests after 12 people were killed in the northwest port of Latakia.

Assad, 45, who has been silent since protests started sweeping Syria, is expected to address the nation shortly, officials said, without giving further details.

Dozens have died in pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Deraa and nearby Sanamein, Latakia, Damascus and other towns over the last week. The government blames armed groups for setting off the bloodshed.

Soldiers took to the streets of Latakia on Saturday night to help secret police and security forces control the port, residents said. The army also beefed up checkpoints around Deraa, where Human Rights Watch says 61 people have died.

"There is a feeling in Latakia that the presence of disciplined troops is necessary to keep order," one resident told Reuters. "We do not want looting." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the United States deplored the bloodshed in Syria but a Libya-style intervention should not be expected.

The unrest in Syria came to a head after police detained more than a dozen schoolchildren for scrawling graffiti inspired by pro-democracy protests across the Arab world. People marched, chanting: "The people want the downfall of the regime."

Such demonstrations would have been unthinkable a couple of months ago in this most tightly controlled of Arab countries.

Assad, a British-educated eye doctor, made a public pledge on Thursday to look into granting greater freedom but this has failed to dampen protests, emboldened by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Assad adviser Bouthaina Shaaban told Al Jazeera news network the emergency law hated by Syrian reformists for the far-reaching powers it gives to security services will be lifted, but did not give a timetable.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: latakia; syria

1 posted on 03/27/2011 3:34:11 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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That's good. Was anyone considering it?

2 posted on 03/27/2011 3:35:36 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: SJackson

And soooooo, what made Libya so special???


3 posted on 03/27/2011 3:36:18 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: SJackson

How can you help in Libya but not Syria, Yemen, Bumfuchistan? If you dont care about national interst, and you want to stop suffering, why stop at Libya?? Arent you just another imperialist ?


4 posted on 03/27/2011 3:37:39 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: mountn man

Further evidence of the total irrationality of our policy. No fourth war, err, kinetic action? Why not? Why not invade everyone, everywhere?


5 posted on 03/27/2011 3:38:08 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: SJackson

The caliphate will be here before we know it.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 3:38:54 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: SJackson
Syria and Iran are Obama allies.
7 posted on 03/27/2011 3:40:19 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I agree with Louis Farrakhan. Who The Hell Is Obama!?)
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To: SJackson

Has Mrs. Palin called for a no-fly zone yet?


8 posted on 03/27/2011 3:44:59 PM PDT by Huck (Fools make feasts and wise men eat them - Poor Richard)
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To: americanophile

You’re right.


9 posted on 03/27/2011 3:45:20 PM PDT by unkus
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To: mountn man

Hillary lied and people died.


10 posted on 03/27/2011 3:46:59 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: mountn man

“And soooooo, what made Libya so special???”

Libya wasn’t as Iran and Al Qaeda friendly as Obama’s masters wanted. Same with Egypt.


11 posted on 03/27/2011 3:50:30 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...never vote for the Ivy League candidate.)
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To: Nonstatist

“How can you help in Libya but not Syria, Yemen, Bumfuchistan?”

So should we attack Syria?


12 posted on 03/27/2011 3:54:07 PM PDT by COgamer
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To: SJackson
I wonder which side of her mouth the Hildabeest was using when she made that statement.
13 posted on 03/27/2011 3:55:15 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: SJackson

I have a great idea! Didn’t SanFranNan make an unauthorized visit to Syria early in her reign of terror?

Maybe we could dispatch her on an authorized diplomatic mission. You know, mediate between the two factions.


14 posted on 03/27/2011 3:55:56 PM PDT by berdie (qill)
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To: SJackson

I’ve been out of the news loop for about 48 hours. Are the WH war-mongers considering war/`kinetic military action’ #4?


15 posted on 03/27/2011 3:56:40 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: SJackson

How do we spell Hipocrate,DEMOCRAT!


16 posted on 03/27/2011 3:57:02 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: mountn man
And soooooo, what made Libya so special???

Desperation for agenda by the most powerful person on the planet and idiotic promotion to fill an agenda void by the most powerful person on the planet.

17 posted on 03/27/2011 3:58:46 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Huck
Dude, you have a hard on for Palin or sumthin?

Give it a rest.

18 posted on 03/27/2011 4:00:57 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: COgamer
So should we attack Syria?

No, we should stay out of anywhere that doesn't advance our national interest, including Libya. (hint: I was being sarcastic)

19 posted on 03/27/2011 4:00:58 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: mountn man

Egypt


20 posted on 03/27/2011 4:02:12 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (They do not wish to govern us, they wish to RULE us!)
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To: NWFLConservative
I wonder which side of her mouth the Hildabeest was using when she made that statement.

This one.

21 posted on 03/27/2011 4:04:11 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: SJackson

Obama’s team clearly is taking on Libya and not Syria, Iran, or any of the other Islamist dictators is because Libya is an easy mark. They are weak militarily, not supported by the Islamists and no one will cry when defeated. For the Western powers, including us, it is nothing but a duck shoot in the fair grounds - pling, pling, pling!!!

Try the same with Syria or Iran and all hell will break loose!! Obama and Clinton are scared to death of them, doncha know!!


22 posted on 03/27/2011 4:05:06 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre
Obama’s team clearly is taking on Libya and not Syria, Iran, or any of the other Islamist dictators is because Libya is an easy mark.

No, you are missing the obvious....think Israel....

23 posted on 03/27/2011 4:07:30 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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Hillary "plants one" on the cheek of Suha Arafat, wife of palestinian terrorist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Yassar Arafat.


24 posted on 03/27/2011 4:07:40 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: SJackson
Let's not forget this.....

Paid for by your friendly local union.....

25 posted on 03/27/2011 4:10:27 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: mountn man

It’s the African Continent thing.


26 posted on 03/27/2011 4:13:29 PM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: SJackson

That’s today’s line.

Wonder what tommorow’s will be...

World being set on fire.

Yep.


27 posted on 03/27/2011 4:15:45 PM PDT by chris37 (awesome!)
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To: SJackson
Surely seems to be a pattern here, sovereign countries which have seemed to have helped us with TWOT are now being /have been overthrown with the help either militarily or politically by this Administration.
I wonder how long the military will allow itself to be used to the detriment of the United States
28 posted on 03/27/2011 4:32:41 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: COgamer
So should we attack Syria?

That's not necessarily in our best interests.

We should just have the French bomb Hillary.

29 posted on 03/27/2011 4:36:11 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: SJackson

I’m still trying to connect the dots. Why Libya? Maybe because Gaddafi is Sunni and ruling over a Shia majority, and Obama seems to prefer Shia. He has coddled Iran, and now says he won’t attack Assad (Shia) in Syria.

He has stuck with the Bush policy on Iraq (former ruler was Sunni oppressing Shia majority), has escalated in Afghanistan against Taliban (Sunni).

He has almost tripled the drone attacks in North Wajiristan (Sunni), after campaigning against “bombing villages and killing civilians”).

He seems to prefer the Hezbollah (Shia) to Israel.

Am I correct that Egypt is a majority Shia country?

Any corrections welcome, but Obama looks like he really loves the Shia for some reason.


30 posted on 03/27/2011 5:26:58 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Throw away your papers, blow up your TV...and set yourself free.)
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To: SJackson

This administration is set of buffoons. They telegraph to the Syrian tyrant that he won’t befall the same fate of Quadaffi no matter how much innocent blood he and his army goons will spiill.


31 posted on 03/27/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: SJackson

However, if Israel counter-attacks so-called palestinians, all bets are off.


32 posted on 03/27/2011 5:34:31 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: mountn man
“And soooooo, what made Libya so special???”

Al Quada is low on funds and they need the oil money.

33 posted on 03/27/2011 6:28:40 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks SJackson.
Clinton says US deplores bloodshed in Syria but a Libya-style intervention not expected

34 posted on 03/27/2011 7:32:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SaxxonWoods
Libya is largely Sunni. I don't think it's a Sunni-Shia thing with Barry. Why Libya, he did his brackets, played some golf, it was still there. And probably someone told him to do something.

I think we owe Ghadaffi some payback for Pan Am 103, but I dont' think that's what's happening here. But I don't think it's a Sunni-Shia thing. GWB, in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Gaza and Eqypt who ignored him) was into a vision of democracy. Perhaps naive, but a vision, aka a policy.

Our current CIC, I haven't a clue. If it's protecting civilians, we've got a big job ahead of us.

35 posted on 03/27/2011 7:41:34 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: SJackson
Our current CIC, I haven't a clue. If it's protecting civilians, we've got a big job ahead of us.

Apparently not if they are Christians.

36 posted on 03/27/2011 7:44:09 PM PDT by mware
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To: mware
Yes, it occured to me that if the job we've undertake in Libya is protection of civilians, there are a few in places like China, and Vietnam, Indian Christians, and BHO's etherial homeland, Indonesia, which could use some protection.

Screw the protection, if he'd provide arms and low level training, I'd support him. But I don't think these things are priorities.

37 posted on 03/27/2011 7:52:12 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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