Savagery in Syria

United Nations' ineffectiveness spelled out with children's blood

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What does it say when it takes the summary execution of children to awaken the world to the living, breathing atrocity they call the Syrian government?

Of the 108 Syrians massacred Friday by President Bashar al-Assad’s goons, as many as 49 are said to have been children. Most of the 108 were killed with bullets through their heads at close range.

It is the most shocking barbarity we’ve seen on the world stage in years, and perhaps enough of a wake-up call to get even the sleepy United Nations stirring.

Unfortunately, the savagery in Syria is brought to you, in part, by that same United Nations – which, because of its outdated power structure, has allowed the soulless Russian and Chinese governments to stand in the way of meaningful resolutions or actions that might have toppled Assad by now and saved those 108 lives.

In fact, Russia has armed Assad’s assassins, and has been his staunchest ally – making sure that, after 14 months of murdering his own people in order to cling ruthlessly to a few more days of power, he was alive and well and in place to oversee this latest, most horrific evil deed.

The world can no longer stand by and watch this.

For all of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan’s naïve delicacy, the remaining microscopic credibility of the United Nations now rests on removing Assad. Don’t hold your breath.

It’s likely any substantial solutions will have to come from outside of the U.N.’s vast circle of impotence. And surely more can be done than expelling Syrian diplomats, as Australia, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany have joined us in doing.

But while there might be a role for U.S. power – and critics of the Obama administration over the weekend cried out for a morsel of leadership from this White House – that particular part of the world is simply too inhospitable toward the U.S. for us to do much.

Thus, this exploding crisis may be as much a test of the Arab League as it is the United Nations.

Pity the poor Syrians on that account.

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copperhead
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copperhead 05/30/12 - 02:16 am
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Just one crisis closer to

Just one crisis closer to martial law.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/30/12 - 04:11 am
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Wag the dog. Syria. Tyrant

Wag the dog. Syria. Tyrant killing innocent children. Who's the world going to call? Who else? I can smell the pizza delivery boxes being dropped off at the 5 sided building now.

Syria? A significant storage location and funnel for weapons, munitions, and foriegn fighters into Iraq, a country shown to be led by a brutal tyrant, a country who has been expecting escalation for several years, and, now, a nation rife with internal turmoil in an armed struggle with "freedom fighters."

Who else can step up and step in to seperate the combatants, prevent further horrific acts, and stay as long as required to ensure negoiation results are implemented? From the list of countries/organizations with the capability, experience, technology and doctrine to accomplish this type of mission, the qualified pool isn't very big. How long will the US be able to resist the temptation for what will be presented as morally required humanitarian mission this year?

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/30/12 - 07:18 am
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His wife, Asma al-Assad,

His wife, Asma al-Assad, western educated and who was once known as Emma is going to be in serious trouble once her husband falls. The regime has gone too far trying to hang on, killing their people and she has spoken out supporting the government. She is going to end up hiding in a hole somewhere like Saddam Hussein before they pull her out by her hair screaming. The country is already so anti-American, whatever government takes place will be an improvement.

faithson
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faithson 05/30/12 - 08:29 am
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it's a religious war

sometimes you just have to let your neighbor figure out his problems for himself. stepping in during the fray only engulfs you in the chaos and to what ends... dislike on both sides.

allhans
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allhans 05/30/12 - 10:37 am
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soapy..The Bible..Some of us

soapy..The Bible..Some of us have and understand what is happening.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/30/12 - 10:57 am
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The United Nations is

The United Nations is useless. It's structure, just like the Augusta Commission, was designed to be a stalemate and that is exactly what we get from both. In both cases we get what we asked for.

We have a cowardly and schizophrenic policy toward Africa and the Middle East. The situation in Syria is similar, albeit worse, than the recent situation in Libya and we used considerable military power to support the rebels there. Why? I'm not sure. Libya was certainly a "civil war" exactly like what is happening in Syria. Could it be that we are scared to death of offending the Russians who are backing Assad? Assad is certainly a much worse tyrant than Gaddafi ever was and is much better equipped with Russian military hardware. So is our failure to intervene in Syria a schizophrenic policy issue or just plain cowardice when it comes to beating up on a little tyrant but running away when we face a tyrant with "buddies". It seems like our high and mighty moral values that prompted Obama to go for the quick win in Libya have been chucked in the toilet when facing an identical situation in Syria. Schizophrenic at best, cowardly at worst. I guess the lack of action will be written off under the heading of diplomacy and the blame placed on the UN or the Arab League and maybe rightfully so.......but if that is true then why did we take action in Libya? I can only explain the difference between the two situations as inconsistent policies, schizophrenic policies, or, most likely, just plain being afraid of the Russians who are making no bones about supporting and supplying Assad.

We let Egypt's Mubarak go down in flames even though he was a fairly dependable ally in the area. Then we beat up Gaddafi who had no superpower friends. Now we are cowaring to Assad who is backed by the Russians. If I was a tyrant dictator anywhere else in the world who thinks they might ever face a rebellion I would be beating feat to the Russians to sign up on their "friends" list. Heaven knows the US is not a dependable ally. Even Israel got that message when Obama snubbed their Prime Minister.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 05/30/12 - 11:11 am
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No U.S. meddling necessary in Syria

I agree with Faithson: our best recourse is to let the Syrians handle their own problems. Sure, the killings there are evil, but they're nothing compared to the daily slaughter of the innocent unborn in our abortuaries. It would be foolish to waste U.S. dollars and risk U.S. soldiers' lives by meddling where we have no business.

I've heard that Vladimir Putin met with Assad in order to gain the assurance that any Russian Orthodox in Syria would not be harmed. Maybe our commander-in-chief will flex his muscle to ensure that Americans in Syria are similarly protected. No other action seems necessary for a conflict in which two militant Muslim factions are vying for dominance; after all, whichever side wins will probably hate us.

allhans
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allhans 05/30/12 - 02:16 pm
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A life is a life. One is no

A life is a life. One is no more valuable than another.
Those children being killed in the streets deserve better.
I dislike war...but sadly there are times it is necessary.
I want the US to do SOMETHING! Save those kids.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/30/12 - 11:15 pm
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The United States has wasted

The United States has wasted way too many young peoples' lives in the name of humanitarian endeavors. NO MORE! After seeing the devastation to our young men and women returning from recent conflicts, I frankly do not care what happens in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, or any where else. Let them sort it out amongst themselves and leave us out of it. If it is a matter of NATIONAL security and not ECONOMIC security, then fine, let's get it on; but most of our ME meddling is about oil, which isn't national security.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/30/12 - 11:30 pm
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allhans, I appreciate that

allhans, I appreciate that you are emotionally torn about the children; I'm sure all feeling people are. But at some point we have to put emotions aside and think practically. At what cost do we intervene to help those children? Would you sacrifice your child to save them? I wouldn't, and I don't expect anyone else to either. If I were CIC, I could not not, in good conscience, send our armed forces into harm's way to assuage my own guilt feelings. We have no national security at stake there. The best we can do is try to arm and assist the resistance.

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