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Are Syrian Rebel Forces as Bad as Assad?
The New American ^ | October 08, 2012 | Raven Clabough

Posted on 10/09/2012 7:28:21 AM PDT by Perseverando

Members of Congress have pointed to the violence in Syria as an opportunity to launch a humanitarian effort, i.e. a military endeavor, to aid the anti-Assad forces. However, increasing evidence indicates that the “rebels” are indiscriminate terrorists who seek to overthrow the Syrian government at the expense of civilian lives. In fact, the most recent indications of the rebels' terrorist activity were the four suicide bombings in Aleppo last week that killed approximately 40 civilians and wounded many more, prompting the United Nations Security Council to condemn the perpetrators.

A Syrian government official has blamed the “terrorist” rebels for the coordinated effort. The Daily Mail explains that the square targeted by the suicide bombings is in a government-controlled district in western Aleppo. According to the Mail, “Rebels have resorted to bomb attacks in areas still controlled by President Assad.”

Jebhat al-Nusra, a group linked to al-Qaeda, has taken credit for the bombings.

Gert Rosenthal, the current UN Security Council president, read a council statement Friday that expressed "deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts and to the people of Syria."

The council also called on nations combating terrorism to comply with international law, "in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law."

The bombings in Aleppo are just several of the many examples of violence against civilians conducted by the anti-Assad forces. For instance, the rebels were also responsible for the massacre of over 90 people in Houla earlier this year. Immediately following that event, the United States, France, Great Britain, and Germany blamed al-Assad for the killings and expelled Syria’s ambassadors from their countries in protest. Later reports, however, pointed to evidence that the massacre was in fact carried out by anti-al-Assad rebel forces.

At the time, the United States unquestioningly

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aleppo; alqaeda; assad; houla; johnmccain; syria; un; unitednations

1 posted on 10/09/2012 7:28:30 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

NO....much worse


2 posted on 10/09/2012 7:29:50 AM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: Perseverando

The jihadis are clearly worse.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 7:30:42 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Perseverando

I think they are.


4 posted on 10/09/2012 7:31:09 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Perseverando

There are few or no good guys in the Arab world.


5 posted on 10/09/2012 7:31:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Agree with all 4 posts (so far.) What gives with Romney talking about arming the anti-Assad rebels?


6 posted on 10/09/2012 7:34:45 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: Perseverando

Considering they are expelling of killing Christian minority in Syria...the answer is YES!


7 posted on 10/09/2012 7:35:34 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Perseverando
The rebels will become much worse once they have Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and Syria's gas weapons.
8 posted on 10/09/2012 7:36:12 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Perseverando

Considering they are expelling of killing Christian minority in Syria...the answer is YES!


9 posted on 10/09/2012 7:36:35 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Perseverando

At least under Assad, Christians have a chance to live in peace. Under the Jihadis, they’re doomed, just like Christians in Egypt.


10 posted on 10/09/2012 7:37:04 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Perseverando
We have no business choosing sides in Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc. There is no good side. Let them kill each other. Romney worries me, here.
11 posted on 10/09/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Perseverando

How does who’s in charge in Syria meet the America’s Vital Interests test?


12 posted on 10/09/2012 7:40:14 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: Perseverando
Much like with the Libyan overthrow - We really don't know who the "rebels" are... Of course, lots of congress-critters want to arm them anyway. Sort of a "the enemy of my enemy is going to stab me in the back with the weapons we gave him." It certainly went well when we funneled weapons to the rebels in Afghanistan against the Soviets, who then morphed into Al-Queda.

Or Iraq, in the Iran/Iraq war, or even in today's Afghanistan, where they're murdering our troops as we train and supply them... Or any number of misadventures where we arm erstwhile "allies" who simply can't wait to stab us in the back with those very same weapons. Just once, can't we simply allow both sides who hate us anyway to go on merrily slaughtering each other while we watch safely from the sidelines?

Mark

13 posted on 10/09/2012 7:42:41 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Perseverando

Maybe he found the three good guys in Syria.


14 posted on 10/09/2012 7:43:40 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Perseverando

The Syrian “rebels” are even WORSE than Assad!!!!

The “rebels” are Al Qaeda and the muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Their goal is to take power and link up with the regime in Egypt and the rest of the emerging Caliphate.

They will also commit genocide and ethnic cleansing against Christians, Alawites, and other minorities. That especially includes our Antiochian Orthodox Brothers and Sisters—from the SAME Antiochian Orthodox Church that may be down the street from you, and takes in lots of American converts!!!! The slaughter has already started in “rebel”-held territory!

If the rebels take power in Syria, Israel (together with Lebanon) will be surrounded by the territories of the Caliphate. You all know what the next step will be.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 7:44:00 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Perseverando
YES
16 posted on 10/09/2012 7:52:45 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: cpdiii
YES
17 posted on 10/09/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Perseverando

The rebels in Syria are the same as the rebels in Lybya are the same as the rebels in Egypt. They are al-Qaeda. Of course they are worse than Assad.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 8:02:30 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: Honorary Serb

you nailed it.


19 posted on 10/09/2012 8:09:17 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BuffaloJack

I completely agree!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 10/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: Honorary Serb

We should arm both sides so that they are more effective in killing each other.

“Theonly good mooslim is a dead moslim”.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:46 AM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: BenLurkin

“There are few or no good guys in the Arab world.”
I have to agree. I could not give 2 $hits about what happens to the Arab world, after seeing what these poor excuses for human beings did to the Twin Towers. Our people jumping from those buildings while those maniac sub-humans were dancing for joy.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: stubernx98

Nah! Why stir up a hornet’s nest? Besides that, they’ll only start shooting Christians, and selling some of the arms to the “Palestinians” and to terrorists who attack us in our homeland.

Our Orthodox Christian Brothers and Sisters in Syria need peace and stability restored ASAP.

Besides that, not so long ago a colleague of mine, a fellow American, went all over Syria absolutely unhindered. Besides doing business, he saw all sorts of Christian sites, which are very numerous. For such conditions to happen again, we need a clear Assad victory.

And I wish Romney, whom I support, would NOT make a campaign issue of Syria. BOTH liberal interventionists AND neocons are addicted to “humanitarian war”, which always turns out poorly, especially for Christians. Better to find peaceful ways to encourage an Assad regime to evolve toward constitutional government, as happened elsewhere in the world.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 12:11:49 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Perseverando

A question itself is wrong to the core.
Why Assad is a bad guy? How could a good guy look like there? Are you going to seek gentlemen in a sewers or something?
Assad types are effective and quite friendly leaders in that part of the world. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Assad rattling sabre or flying green flag condemining great satan and “joose” declaring jihad, urging beheading of something.
As for Assad’s flaws if liberals really think humanism and liberalism work in Middle East they are even dumber than they look.


24 posted on 10/10/2012 9:49:10 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Perseverando
Agree with all 4 posts (so far.) What gives with Romney talking about arming the anti-Assad rebels?

I have no idea what's he's thinking.

Everytime we give arms to nutbag jihads to kill somebody, somebody turns out to be American.

25 posted on 10/10/2012 9:51:21 PM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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