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60 civilians killed as Syrian forces pound Homs
PakTribune ^ | Feb. 22, 2012

Posted on 02/22/2012 6:28:04 AM PST by nuconvert

Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to let in urgently needed aid.

Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro, neighbourhood of Homs city, and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar al-Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province.

In Damascus, security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight, wounding at least four, activists said. Violence has hit the capital over the past week, undermining Assad's assertion that the 11-month-old uprising against his rule is limited to the provinces and the work of saboteurs.

Activist accounts of the violence could not be confirmed. The government bars most foreign journalists from Syria.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Jakob Kellenberger said, "It should last at least two hours every day, so that ICRC staff and Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have enough time to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick."

Western and Arab powers that are openly seeking Assad's downfall are preparing for the inaugural meeting of a "Friends of Syria" contact group in Tunisia on Friday.

Russia and China back Assad's own programme for reforms, which includes plans for a referendum on Sunday on a new constitution that would lead to elections in 90 days. Assad said this should satisfy demands for more democracy; his opponents said the proposals were a sham.

Russia said it would not attend the "Friends of Syria" meeting because the Syrian government would not be represented. The Russian Foreign Ministry suggested the UN Security Council should send a special humanitarian envoy to Syria.

Russia and China have faced Western and Arab criticism for blocking UN action against Syria. A former Syrian Defence Ministry auditor who defected in January told Reuters Moscow's arms sales to Damascus - nearly $1 billion last year - had increased since the start of the uprising.

Lebanon, which has tried to distance itself from the turmoil across its border, will also stay away from the Tunis meeting, its foreign minister said.

Activists said government forces launched the artillery attack on Homs after rebel fighters holding the opposition Baba Amro district blocked troops from entering. "Several shells are falling each minute," activist Nader al-Husseini told Reuters from the district, adding that at least two children were among the victims.

Another activist in the city said, "We have now at least 30 killed. One family is among them."

A third said, "Others are still buried. Today the shelling is very fierce."

The British-based opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces had stormed villages in Idlib province in the north of the country.

"The army stormed the village of Abdita and chased people in Iblin and Balshoon. They killed 33 people. All are civilians," the group said.

Activists in Homs said government forces backed by armour have been closing in on Baba Amro, a mainly Sunni neighbourhood, since the offensive on the city began on February 3.

Much of the opposition to Assad comes from the Sunni majority, while much of his support comes from minorities, including his Alawite sect, raising worries that violence could take on a sectarian slant and draw in neighbouring countries.

Tanks are deployed in the Inshaat district next to Baba Amro, opposition sources said. The Observatory said a convoy of more than 50 armoured vehicles was seen heading from Damascus towards Homs. A city of one million people on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, Homs has been at the heart of the uprising against Assad's 11-year rule. Residents say they are running short of medicine and food, and are massed together in crowded homes to seek shelter.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assad; homs; syria

1 posted on 02/22/2012 6:28:12 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Seems to be a near total absence of counter battery fire on the part of the resistance. A shortage (or non use) of RPGs. Without such, the “revolution” is over.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 6:32:49 AM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: nuconvert
Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs

Considering how often we hear about artillery being used at Homs I'm surprised it doesn't look like Passchendaele. Seriously if you shell a town for a couple of weeks and there are still buildings standing you aren't doing it right. And crater fields aren't restive.
3 posted on 02/22/2012 6:34:16 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: donozark

The Russians & Iranians are arming Assad. So, unless the resistance gets help, (& it doesn’t look like they will) it’s going to be over soon.
The White House is stalling, hoping it’s over soon so they don’t have to get involved.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 6:37:55 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: GonzoGOP

You call it a town, but it’s the 3rd largest city in Syria, with a population of about 1 million people.


5 posted on 02/22/2012 6:40:44 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
You call it a town, but it’s the 3rd largest city in Syria, with a population of about 1 million people.

And you make my point. Do you seriously think you can drop a full scale artillery barrage, for a couple of weeks, on a city of a million people and kill 60? Have you ever seen what a hail of 155mm shells do to closely packed buildings? Go look at pictures of Stalingrad or Manila in World War II, that is what a city subjected to concentrated artillery looks like.

There is no barrage, they are lobbing in a few shells, perhaps some mortars. But the press is just trying to paint their Muslim Brotherhood allies as victims. If this were an all out bombardment there would be a lot more than 60 dead per day.
6 posted on 02/22/2012 6:55:20 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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7 posted on 02/22/2012 7:01:52 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: GonzoGOP

Your comparisons are ridiculous.
There haven’t been any aerial attacks and no one has reported that there have been (with the exception of some helicopter gun ships shooting at people).
btw - the 60 killed were in one day, not weeks.


8 posted on 02/22/2012 7:22:02 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Not our problem!!!!


9 posted on 02/22/2012 7:48:19 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: nuconvert
Your comparisons are ridiculous.

And your reading skill are poor.

Note I only mentioned artillery. Manila, the picture shown, had almost no air attacks, nor was most of the damage at Stalingrad done by air. The first example I gave was Passchendaele, and there wasn't much air bombardment back in 1917. I picked my examples carefully in order to demonstrate the power of artillery. Air was never mentioned.

And I always stipulated 60 per day. READ THE POST.
10 posted on 02/22/2012 8:13:31 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: donozark

They badly need anti-tank weaponry. If they could start taking the tanks out, this thing could turn. Until then, it’s an uphill fight.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 8:16:30 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: nuconvert

The White House won’t step in this time because those fighting are actually REAL “Freedom fighters” and NOT a planned overthrow by the Muslim Brotherhood. THAT’s why Obama will not even say one word about this. His blind-eye is already turned on these people as they actually believed the propaganda of the “Arab Spring” narrative, naively believing Obama’s administration would actually HELP them rid themselves of Assad and his government.

I believe this “revolution” is already over - much like all of the attempted resistance movements among the Iranian people over the last few years. Like you and others have pointed out, the Syrian Gov’t is being armed by Russia and Iran - both obviously have a vested interest in Assad’s admin. remaining in power. These people are unfortunately “on their own” with the exception of God Himself. The only thing the rest of us can do now is pray for the innocent and good among them, frankly. I honestly can’t imagine what it would be like knowing your own government is the one shelling your city...


12 posted on 02/22/2012 8:45:11 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: nuconvert

Pretty soon they will be as dangerous as Chicago or Detroit in murders...


13 posted on 02/22/2012 8:52:24 AM PST by goat granny
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To: nuconvert

Not to support Assad but isn’t this the city where the uprising is based? Did they somehow think Assad wouldn’t shell them ? They knew what they’d be facing when they began this...and I suspect anticipated a similar result of the UN sending in forces to assist them. But it so far hasn’t played out that way....Syria has always been Irans arm and the people there know that. I am saddened for the loss of life but I cannot see those who began this uprising as taking into consideration the cost even though they knew how Assad plays these uprising out. So they hold as much responsibility as Assad for these deaths. IMO

As many have mentioned Syria is not Libya.....the differences are huge and results if UN gets into the fray are hurrendous. Especially with Russia and China boosting Assads military. This no doubt could lead to a third world war if this cannot be settled diplomatically.


14 posted on 02/22/2012 10:03:53 AM PST by caww
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To: GonzoGOP

You’re right. I combined the weeks in your 1st post with days in the 2nd.

And your point is what? That thousands haven’t been killed in Syria and things aren’t so bad?


15 posted on 02/22/2012 10:06:23 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: LibertyRocks
Liberty...I cannot understand the foolishness of the Syrian people to have gambled by uprising as they have.....they knew how Assad has taken down any sort of rebellion before...but you're right they foolishly believed the world would come to their defense...having no clue the International Giants would defend Assad. Just stupid people who haven't a clue how Government leaders operate.

Nations are simply pawns on the game table of the powers that be....while they fight those leaders barter for how each shall gain by who they defend. It's more than sad that people are dispensible but it is unfortunately the price when "freedom" is as is said...never "free".

This is not going to play out well by any stretch of the imagination.

16 posted on 02/22/2012 10:12:09 AM PST by caww
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To: nuconvert
And your point is what?

That this isn't our fight. The press is making it sound worse than it is in an attempt to draw us into the war on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood, just as they did in Libya. I'm just trying to counter the propaganda.

That thousands haven’t been killed in Syria and things aren’t so bad?

This is a red on red fight. Both sides are our enemies. Assad has launched terrorist attacks on the US. The Muslim Brotherhood has been consistent in promoting the destruction of the US. When thousands of my enemies are killed by each other, no it isn't that bad.
17 posted on 02/22/2012 10:29:01 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

“The press is making it sound worse than it is ...”

How do you know? Are you following all the internet & youtube posts of what’s happening there?

And how do you know what percentage of the people fighting Assad are Muslim Brotherhood? No one else knows. How do you know that the majority of people being killed aren’t ordinary people with women & childen, trying to survive?

Is it okay with you that Assad targets journalists?

Is anyone who is muslim your enemy?


18 posted on 02/22/2012 10:44:50 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
How do you know? Are you following all the internet & youtube posts of what’s happening there?

I know because as I pointed out in the first post the report does not match the observed results. If the press says that a city has been under constant and intense artillery barrage for a couple of weeks and the city doesn't look like Manila in 1945 I know they are putting out propaganda. There may be sporadic shelling, but not a proper barrage.

And how do you know what percentage of the people fighting Assad are Muslim Brotherhood?

Turns out it doesn't matter. The majority in Tunisia weren't MB, but the Islamists now exercise power there way in excess of their numbers. The majority of people in Egypt didn't claim to be MB, but the MB is taking over there. The majority of Libyans weren't MB, but the MB took over. Are you seeing a pattern here, because I sure as heck see one.

Is anyone who is muslim your enemy?

Only those who say up front that they are. If you are waging a "global anti-western, anti-capitalist revolution", the claimed goal of leaders of the Arab Spring, then yes you are my enemy.
19 posted on 02/22/2012 11:02:14 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

“Is anyone who is muslim your enemy?”
“Only those who say up front that they are.”

You said “When thousands of my enemies are killed by each other, no it isn’t that bad.”

How do know the thousands killed are your enemy?

Yes, I see a pattern of MB opportunism.
Your answer to it is what? Let Assad slaughter whoever he wants to?


20 posted on 02/22/2012 11:30:39 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
How do know the thousands killed are your enemy?

How do you know they are not? After three MB takeovers I think the burden of proof is on them. We know that the MB is involved, they make no bones about it. As for it being just opportunism, once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.

Your answer to it is what? Let Assad slaughter whoever he wants to?

And what is yours? Send in US troops? Expend billions of dollars in smart munitions and jet fuel to install a government that in all reasonable probability will be an islamist state hostile to the US? It is all downside risk, almost no upside. If we do nothing what is the worst case. We may end up a hostile government there, but that is no worse off then today. If we do nothing all our boys come home and it doesn't cost us a thing. Limited upside possibility, but absolutely no downside risk.
21 posted on 02/22/2012 11:51:52 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

“Your answer to it is what? Let Assad slaughter whoever he wants to?”

I know I’m butting in, but GonzoGOP is correct, this has nothing to do with the United States. We have no interests in Syria to warrant intervention. Feeling bad for innocent civilians is natural, but such anger should be directed at those responsible, not as justification for sending someone else’s kids to war. Not there. Not this time. Blame Assad, not a lack of US intervention.

Anyone who feels strongly can go join the Free Syria opposition or donate $$, but leave our armed forces out of it. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, they’re engaged elsewhere.


22 posted on 02/22/2012 12:28:07 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: nuconvert

British press now seems to be of the opinion the Assad Regime deliberately targeted the journalists. This may be the straw that broke the camels back in terms of NATO intervention. The brothers Assad may have gone a “bridge too far” on this one. The next 48-72 hours are critical...


23 posted on 02/22/2012 12:54:02 PM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: donozark

Would add-Edith Bouvier, a French journalist is in critical condition in a makeshift hospital. Attempts to get to her are being made. France announced it is holding Syria responsible. Whatever that means in terms of response...


24 posted on 02/22/2012 1:18:16 PM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: donozark
This may be the straw that broke the camels back in terms of NATO intervention. The brothers Assad may have gone a “bridge too far” on this one.

Not likely. "Colvin was killed by a rocket, along with award-winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik, while fleeing a building being shelled by the Syrian Army in Homs, Syria during the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising.having made her last broadcast on the evening of February 21, 2012, appearing on the BBC, CNN, ITN News and Channel4 via satellite phone. They had both entered Syria illegally."

It is that last line that is Assad's get out of jail free card. You are in a war zone illegally. At that point you take responsibility on yourself if you get dead. Unless France and Britain really want to get into a war, and they are kinda broke at the moment, this will just be another nasty letter incident. Britain literally emptied their magazines of smart munitions over Libya. They aren't up for another fight yet.

Only the US has the firepower to do much in that end of the world. And as explained earlier this just is not our fight. If the rebels want to buy some surplus weapons cash and carry I'm OK with that. Call up their Saudi sugar daddies and tell them to cut a check. But no troops, no credit.
25 posted on 02/22/2012 2:10:44 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Virtually everything done in the ME is "illegal" to one faction or another. The deliberate targeting of non-combatants is not legal.

Then again, neither is the tanker load of oil that Chavez just off loaded in Syria. Although he says it is.

If need be, Brits will use SAS/Omani SF as they did in Libya. France will use the French Foreign Legion, many of whom come from ME countries. Plausible deniability and all that. "Sheep-dipped" if necessary.

Not saying I am in favor of such. Merely saying this is what could happen. Next 72 hours or so are critical...

26 posted on 02/22/2012 2:36:41 PM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: GonzoGOP
The majority of people in Egypt didn't claim to be MB, but the MB is taking over there.

75% of Egyptian voters chose Islamist parties. The parts of the 75% that did not choose the Muslim Brotherhood chose the Salafist party. If Egyptians aren't Islamists, I have to wonder what % would be required before we called them Islamists. Note a Pew survey showed that 90% of Egyptians agree with making apostasy a capital offence. The only American-style party in Egypt got 2% of the vote.

27 posted on 02/22/2012 9:22:12 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Owl558
Feeling bad for innocent civilians is natural, but such anger should be directed at those responsible, not as justification for sending someone else’s kids to war. Not there. Not this time. Blame Assad, not a lack of US intervention.

We know from Western reporting on Israeli retaliation against Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas that our journos have a special affection for enemies of the West in general, and Sunnis and Islamists specifically. I wouldn't doubt that they're lying through their teeth.

28 posted on 02/22/2012 9:27:27 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Feeling bad for innocent civilians is natural, but such anger should be directed at those responsible, not as justification for sending someone else’s kids to war. Not there. Not this time. Blame Assad, not a lack of US intervention.

Actually, the Wahhabist scum are hoping that we'll pay to win the war for their Sunni brethren. The Saudis could spend tens of billions to do the job right, but why pay when Uncle Sam will do it for free?

29 posted on 02/22/2012 9:31:16 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: donozark
Virtually everything done in the ME is "illegal" to one faction or another. The deliberate targeting of non-combatants is not legal.

It's hard to think of an instance where Sunnis have not targeted non-combatants, whereas the list of large-scale Sunni atrocities goes all the way back to Muhammad.

30 posted on 02/22/2012 9:36:37 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Do you seriously think you can drop a full scale artillery barrage, for a couple of weeks, on a city of a million people and kill 60?

You are right. In the early 80's, Assad pere battered Hama with tanks and artillery over the course of a month and killed 30,000.

31 posted on 02/22/2012 9:38:19 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GonzoGOP

“How do know the thousands killed are your enemy?”
“How do you know they are not?”
“As for it being just opportunism, once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.”

I call MB opportunists, because they didn’t start the protests. The young people, bloggers, people really wanting an end to the regime and a more democratic gov’t started the protests. The MB seizes the opportunity to get involved and they become part of the protests and eventually with leadership backing, they take it over. This is what has happened time & time again. The majority of those arrested, beaten & killed in the beginning, are not MB. Yes, some are killed, but Assad is attacking and shelling peoples’ homes indiscrimantely, so there again, it isn’t just MB being killed. He is killing people trying to flee with their families.

“Your answer to it is what? Let Assad slaughter whoever he wants to?”
“And what is yours? Send in US troops?”

No. I don’t want to send in troops. I want to demand that Assad stop the killing. If he doesn’t stop immediately, he’s a target for extermination without warning. Hit his palace, whatever. When he’s dead, his army will fall apart.

Allowing this genocide to go on, makes us look weak to the entire world, and encourages more of the same slaughter elsewhere, because the ruling gov’t knows that no one will step in to stop it.

It’s as shameful to sit by and watch this, as it was to sit and watch Rwanda.


32 posted on 02/23/2012 5:03:57 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: donozark

“This may be the straw that broke the camels back in terms of NATO intervention. The brothers Assad may have gone a “bridge too far” on this one.”

Unfortunately, I doubt it.

This morning, the Russians & Iranians are telling us to stay out of it. They are calling for no foreign intervention... Ha - except them, of course.
And it looks like we are going to comply.


33 posted on 02/23/2012 5:20:04 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
Obama/NATO may be looking for a pretext. In Grenada it was the students in peril that finally caused Reagan to jump in. In Panama, the beating of a Naval Officer and the rape of his wife that broke the camels back. In Iraq? WMD. In Libya? The counter-attack by Qadaffi forces east toward Benghazi and the vesting of the city with thoughts of annihilation of it's inhabitants.

Although the murder of 2 (maybe 3) journalists does not rise to the above incidents, we can only wonder what NATO is thinking. France has a long history with Syria. And if Assad gets away with this, will he be embolden to crush all resistance?

34 posted on 02/23/2012 7:21:19 AM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: donozark

“Obama/NATO may be looking for a pretext.”

The targeting of journalists should be enough of one.
Maybe they’re waiting for the razing of a school filled with children?

“will he be embolden to crush all resistance? “

He’s already doing that


35 posted on 02/23/2012 7:31:21 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Certainly what he is doing is brutal, but not all out like his daddy did at Hama in the 80s. Baby Assad still have a large inventory of weaponry yet to be employed. Surprised they have not as yet used it, since the Russian envoy basically told Assad two weeks ago to git ‘er done!


36 posted on 02/23/2012 7:38:40 AM PST by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: Zhang Fei

“I wouldn’t doubt that they’re lying through their teeth.”

I would not be surprised at all. I think that’s Gonzo’s point as well. “Sustained” artillery barrages like journalists are describing are incredibly destructive. I’d be curious to see a picture of the supposedly shelled out city.


37 posted on 02/23/2012 9:16:59 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: nuconvert; GonzoGOP

If the MB takes over it is quite likely the substantial Christian minority in Syria will be brutalized and murdered as the Copts are now being brutalized in Eqypt.

Tell me again why that is so preferable to Assad remaining in power?

I’m with GonzoGOP - we don’t have a dog in this fight and should stay out, absent something I am missing. No one has been able to convince me otherwise, and it sure doesn’t seem to be happening in this thread.


38 posted on 02/23/2012 10:15:44 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Owl558

Why does it matter if it’s “sustained” or not? Isn’t it bad enough that they’re shelling people’s homes at all?


39 posted on 02/23/2012 10:16:21 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: FreedomPoster
I don't care what religion innocent people who are being killed & brutalized, practice. It doesn't matter to me what religion this child is, apparently it does to you.


40 posted on 02/23/2012 10:30:46 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

You seem to have missed the point, as you have been all thread.

People are going to be killed or brutalized there no matter who is in power. It’s just ugly, no one likes it, but many parts of the world are ugly. We are not going to go in and rebuild their society from the ground up similar to what we did in Germany and Japan post-WWII. If we aren’t going to crush them and remake their world from the ground up, we need to stay out.

I am not much of pray-er, but the Serenity Prayer applies here:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

What makes you think we can change things there? Our wonderful success at “nation building” in Afghanistan after 10 years? Something else?

Again, you really haven’t made an argument here other than “it is terrible, we should DO SOMETHING!”

No, we should not, absent a really good reason, which so far is absent.


41 posted on 02/23/2012 10:42:49 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

No, you have missed the point.

““it is terrible, we should DO SOMETHING!””
“No, we should not, absent a really good reason, which so far is absent.”

The really good reason is, we are AMERICANS. We shouldn’t just stand by and watch a dictator kill & brutalize his people. The rest of the world sits and watches. America is the greatest country in the world. We try to help - that’s who we are.


42 posted on 02/23/2012 10:57:38 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

When the result on the back side is that the new regime will also brutalize the people, what is the point?

See: Libya, Egypt, Tunisia for examples.


43 posted on 02/23/2012 11:44:14 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: nuconvert

“Why does it matter if it’s “sustained” or not?”

Because it speaks to the point that reporters may be mischaracterizing what is going on like they often mischaracterize what is happening. Haven’t you been reading the thread posts?

The fact that you care for the innocent is commendable. However, I could rattle off any number of conflicts in the world where innocent civilians are being slaughtered. Nobody seems to care too much about them.

The take home point is that this conflict is not the Untied States’ business. Like I mentioned before, if you feel so strongly, you are free to join the Free Syrian resistance or donate $$ to salve your bleeding heart. Leave me and my kids out of it.


44 posted on 02/23/2012 12:43:32 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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Sarkozy is now calling it an "assassination." France is insisting on a "safe corridor" to Homs to rescue the journalists, one of whom is seriously wounded.

Also, off Algezeera, several reports of heavy fighting in Homs. Several of Assad's tanks burning. Much small arms fire.

45 posted on 02/23/2012 1:53:38 PM PST by donozark (A soldier lives as long as he is remembered...)
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Who the heck is asking you & your kids to get involved?


46 posted on 02/23/2012 3:53:06 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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“Sarkozy is now calling it an “assassination.”

Good. Cuz that’s what it sounds like it was.

Thanks for the updates


47 posted on 02/23/2012 3:55:01 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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“Who the heck is asking you & your kids to get involved?”

It sounds to me like you are either a young kid or being intentionally obtuse (I vote the latter).

“Exterminating” heads of state, as you called for, doesn’t just happen magically. It involves (American) military personel risking their lives. My kids are serving.

How about you? What are you doing to serve? Are you just a bunch of talk about how ‘we have to do something’ or do you lead by example?

For the 3rd time, the Free Syrian Resistance is taking volunteers. If you feel so strongly you should show some leadership and join.


48 posted on 02/23/2012 4:27:01 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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“Exterminating” heads of state, as you called for, doesn’t just happen magically. It involves (American) military personel risking their lives.”

No, it doesn’t.

I have family who’ve served and a wonderful young man who would have been a nephew who was killed in Afghanistan, thanx for asking.


49 posted on 02/23/2012 4:35:04 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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