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Champagne Flows While Syria Burns
Newsweek ^ | July 9, 2012 | Janine di Giovanni

Posted on 07/17/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

By the pool, glistening, oiled, and muscular bodies gyrated to a juiced-up version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Atop huge speakers, a Russian dancer swayed suggestively in front of the young, beautiful Syrian set drinking imported Lebanese beer with salt and lemon. Behind them, columns of smoke were rising—signs of car bombs and explosions, of an encroaching war.

One woman in a tight swimsuit playfully squirted a water gun, joking that she belonged to the pro-government militia, the Shabiha, meaning ghosts or thugs, which is believed to be responsible for a recent massacre of more than 100 people, many of them women and children. “The opposition wants to kill us—they even announced it on Facebook,” the woman said, and blithely went back to spraying herself with water.

The pool party at the Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus was just getting started.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; qatar; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 07/17/2012 3:57:40 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

At the Dama Rose Hotel, the young elite parties hard—despite the signs of war.

2 posted on 07/17/2012 4:02:50 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

I see that pic, and I think of that Midnight Oil song, “Your dreamworld is just about to end...”


3 posted on 07/17/2012 4:03:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: MinorityRepublican

One last fling before falling into the abyss of Sharia Law.


4 posted on 07/17/2012 4:07:28 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

A Russian woman dances at a weekly DJ pool party at the Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus. Locals gather every Thursday for the event.

5 posted on 07/17/2012 4:13:12 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: lurk

Assad is a SOB. But he’s secular. And he kept his people in line. Sort of like Saddam and Qaddafi.


6 posted on 07/17/2012 4:18:58 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

“We heard gun shots in the background—but it seemed a long way off”

For now. War is like that. Civil War is much worse.

War with the likes of “the Camp” is far worse.


7 posted on 07/17/2012 4:26:50 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soon he will join his fellow mass-murderers Saddam and Kadaffy in Hell where he belongs.


8 posted on 07/17/2012 4:27:59 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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Thanks MinorityRepublican. Let 'em eat baklava ping.
9 posted on 07/17/2012 4:32:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It takes an SOB to effectively rule a muslim nation — something that the West (and in paricular H. Clinton) will never learn.


10 posted on 07/17/2012 4:33:26 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG
It takes an SOB to effectively rule a muslim nation — something that the West (and in paricular H. Clinton) will never learn.

The West is delusional to think our values are universal.

11 posted on 07/17/2012 4:36:36 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: 353FMG

Oh they know it. They just make up crap to try to justify their existence.


12 posted on 07/17/2012 4:45:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM OBIWAN IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Soon he will join his fellow mass-murderers Saddam and Kadaffy in Hell where he belongs.

I guarantee Assad's replacement, whoever they are will be joining them as well.

13 posted on 07/17/2012 4:48:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: MinorityRepublican

I have been at 4th grade parties that had more fun than what is in those pictures...


14 posted on 07/17/2012 4:48:09 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: dfwgator

Who says there will be a replacement? Assad’s downfall hardly guarantees rebel victory, and even if the rebels win they will then fight it out amongst themselves. What we should be hoping for it Assad’s ouster AND a protracted civil war.


15 posted on 07/17/2012 4:52:25 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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What we should be hoping for it Assad’s ouster AND a protracted civil war.

Agreed.

16 posted on 07/17/2012 4:54:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: MinorityRepublican

Those “ladies” sure aren’t missing any meals, are they? Sure nothing like the Israeli lady-soldiers...


17 posted on 07/17/2012 5:55:37 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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18 posted on 07/18/2012 5:24:28 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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To: lurk

Worked for the Pompeiians.


19 posted on 07/18/2012 2:08:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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