1. In 1976 as the Palestine Liberation Organization and its Muslim and Druze allies were poised to take over Lebanon, Syria received a green light from the US and Israel to invade and put them down, strengthening the right wing Christian militias that were rivals to the PLO.
2. In 1985 Syria intervened with hijackers holding passengers on a US airliner hostage in Lebanon to free them, and was thanked when it succeeded by president Ronald Reagan.
3. In 1989, Syria supported US and Saudi attempts to broker a deal among Lebanon’s warring factions, leading to the Taif Accords that brought the Lebanese Civil War to an end.
4. Syria fought as an ally of the US against Iraq in the Gulf War in 1991.
5. In the 1990s, Syria attended several peace summits aimed at ending the Israel-Palestinian struggle. Then President Hafez al-Assad accepted George H. W. Bush’s invitation to talks, and later he met with President Clinton during the latter’s diplomatic push.
6. After 2001, the US sent captured al-Qaeda operatives to Syria to be tortured by that country’s secret police.
7. Syrian intelligence let the United States know when it discovered an al-Qaeda plot to attack the US Fifth Fleet navy HQ in Bahrain.
dahreese, I agree most of the community organizer's buddies in the rebellion are al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Not long ago and for as long as I can remember, US policy was that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. What we’ve been doing the last few years hasn’t worked out too well, has it.
But what is really astounding is that this administration and many others in DC, are pushing for us to support the rebels in Syria against Assad; The rebels who include the very terrorists who attacked us on US soil 12 years ago.
The ironic part is that the vote is expected this Wednesday, on the anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks and Benghazi! Think about that. Congress is being asked to support the perpetrators’ of 9/11 on 9/11!? Really?
How can the American people not be outraged?
President Obama wants to attack Syria even after he himself said Syria posed no imminent threat to the US. This is political foolishness to save face for Obama after he went off his teleprompter and laid down a “red line”. Neither side in that fight is worthy of our lives or treasure.
UN inspectors say chemical weapons were used, but so far there’s no proof of which side may have used them.
If we do go in for a limited attack, AT BEST that will be the end of it. More likely is that we will be drawn into something we don’t want. Suppose afterward, chemical weapons are used again?
What do we target? What is our goal? Why are we even considering this?
You're right. Bashar al-Assad and his father are in the same vein as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Dangerous dictators that I wouldn’t want to live under, but not threats to the US. Indeed, they have at times been beneficial to our interests.
to which I can add not a thing beyond my heartfelt plea that we not enter the fray in Syria.
My goodness! I think this is the first time I ever agreed with any of your positions. Great comments.
Whatever human atrocity (if any) recently occurred in Syria; it is not certain which faction was responsible. It is most likely that Al Qaeda perpetrated the crime, and then poisoned western media to report that the Syrian government was responsible.
Congress should not authorize military strikes against the government nor the people of Syria.
Congress might need to hold hearings on the slaughter of Coptic Christians in south Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Christians are the ONLY unprotected people left on earth.
Feel free to attack, villainize and eradicate them.
You forgot the hovering figure in white robe saying "Seek a peaceful resolution above all things" ..
That hovering figure in a white robe was calling for prayer and fasting in the hope that a peaceful solution can be found.
We aren't being attacked and our interests are not being threatened. This is an impossible situation, just as depicted above. Better we make absolutely certain we have proof of who did the dirty deed and a very clearly defined plan, especially for how to get out.
I don't give a damn about how we look to the rest of the world right now. Everybody already thinks we're total fools for electing such a clueless and inept man to lead us. How will things improve if he wages war on a sovereign nation when we aren't being attacked?
Obozo has acted like a damn idiot throwing his weight around, as if he had any idea what he was doing, and now he's trying to figure out a way out while saving face--his own face, not ours.
What an unimaginable CF. And the hits just keep on coming. I hope we survive the Obozo disaster with something left we can salvage.
Fiat_lux, You are absolutely right. Great post!
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