Suspending Syria

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Just what do you have to do to get kicked out of the Arab League, or just get a menacing phone call from the commissioner’s office?

Syrian President Bashar Assad has been spilling the blood of his countrymen since March (and way before that, truth be told) in an effort to quell a mostly peaceful rebellion against his iron-fisted, despotic rule. Yet, the Arab spring turned to bloody fall, and it took until Nov. 11 for the 22-nation Arab League to even suspend Syria – and two other nations, Yemen and Lebanon, voted against the suspension.

Apparently, 3,500 dead isn’t enough for Yemen and Lebanon – or enough for the rest of the Arab world to seek a divorce from Syria once and for all.

That tells you pretty much what you need to know about the state of leadership in the Arab world.

Jordan’s King Abdullah at least had the gumption to break ranks and politely call for Assad to step down – but that’s tantamount to telling a killer to find another line of work. Is that really enough?

The Arab League this week raced like snails toward sanctions, perhaps months too late to prevent an all-out civil war: Military defectors recently turned on the Syrian army in a stunning and emboldening attack, signalling that the people there have yet to begin to fight.

Until now, they’ve been sold out by other Arab nations whose leaders defend each other’s tyranny to the end. They turn such blind eyes, it’s a wonder they can see at all.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/19/11 - 05:46 am
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Well exactly WHAT have we

Well exactly WHAT have we done about this? Lead by example I would think.

What are we going to do? Send them a nasty memo?

The Syrian people will need to rise up and fight for their freedom like the Libyans did. The fact that certain groups inside the Syrian military have turned rebel and have attacked the Intelligence HQ shows me that that the rebels are winning.

We need to support them in any way we can. Even now Syrian's who want to fight are massing in camps across the border in Lebanon and they will soon be trained and armed. Then they will cross over the border and begin the liberation of Syria.

We should applaud the AL's actions, not tell them they are late. Heck the African Union waited till after Gahdaffi was dead to accept the Libyan NTC here, so I can see this only as a positive.

Brad

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/19/11 - 06:24 am
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I hope you'll be equally
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I hope you'll be equally critical of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations when they try to further prod us into acting against Iran, even if you were indifferent to their actions earlier this year to crush a popular uprising in member state Bahrain.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/19/11 - 08:29 am
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Thanks for the other news

Thanks for the other news links...we get such slanted news here...usually Springer type on tv news......the masses have to have the garbage & they deliver.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/19/11 - 10:47 am
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Here is a fb group about the

Here is a fb group about the war that is starting is Syria.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/176203705791306/203574783054198/?notif_t=like#!/groups/161469713950570/

It is a clearing house for news link related to this conflict and the troubles in Syria right now. YOu will find many more news links that lead to a lot of various views.

I like to hear all sides myself.

Brad

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