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In Syria, we have a nation of people tearing themselves apart while we in this country wring our hands in desperation crying, “Stop it! Stop it!”

We as a nation fail to see the nature of this conflict, unable or unwilling to see this war for what it is. Our first reaction is to back the opposition forces trying to free themselves from the evil rule of longtime tyrants the al-Assad family, which is aligned with Iran and Hamas.

Take another look, please. We have been fighting a war for the past 22 years against radical Sunni Muslims. After the CIA-funded creation of al-Qaida (to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan), we lost control of that army and we have been fighting it ever since. Iran and their allies are Shia Muslims. The Shia and Sunni sects have been fighting each other for more than a thousand years.

In the name of God, these two groups are fighting and killing the innocents – their own citizens.

If we launch missiles to punish Bashar al-Assad, we are supporting the very group of people who destroyed the World Trade Center in New York.

We have reason to mistrust both sides in this conflict, so in this case the enemy of my enemy is not my friend.

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carcraft
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carcraft 09/04/13 - 05:39 am
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Lets take Libya as an

Lets take Libya as an indication where this will go, or we could look to Egypt. Sorry Obama got a bruised ego by wrongly opening his mouth about a "red line" but on this one , we don't have a dog in the fight!

truth_be_told
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truth_be_told 09/04/13 - 06:37 am
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?????

Those that step in will get a fist to the face.....PLEASE don't let it be us.....oops I mean US

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localguy55 09/04/13 - 07:18 am
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Forget the Middle East

Not a fan of WMDs but these savages in the Middle East have been killing each other for millenia. To quote Hillary, " what difference does it make", how they kill each other. And there not a true friend of the U.S. among any of them. I say sit back and watch the fireworks. We have turned a blind eye to ALL African conflcits south of the Egyptian border, time to do the same in regards to the Middle East. Drill for our own oil and forget them.

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myfather15 09/04/13 - 07:31 am
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We will attack Syria!! It's

We will attack Syria!! It's going to happen and we are going to weaken Assad to the point his military won't be able to defend him! Kadafi ring a bell to anyone? We will see Assad in the same position, not long after we bomb Syria!! Then the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda will have control over Syria!! There will be more Countries to follow; watch and see!!

With the fall of Syria; they will control most borders with Israel. Watch Jordan very close, something is going to happen there, NEXT!! Please, be watchman; watch and see!! We are supporting the enemy!!

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/158822#.UicZl0HD-M8

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:35 am
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We know Arabs have chemical weapons. We supplied them.
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We know Arabs have chemical weapons. We supplied them.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:36 am
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Wag the Dog. Bring out the photos of gases children. WAR!!!
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Wag the Dog. Bring out the photos of gases children. WAR!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:38 am
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The Game of World Domination. With real human lives.
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The Game of World Domination. With real human lives.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/04/13 - 07:39 am
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Three Days of the Condor. Another great political movie.
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Three Days of the Condor. Another great political movie.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 07:42 am
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Quote from LTE

"We have reason to mistrust both sides in this conflict, so in this case the enemy of my enemy is not my friend"

You have the majority of voters on your side about not going into Syria. In a way, I think The US can "punish" the Syrian government WITHOUT necessarily arming the opposition. I know they only speak for a very few voters, BUT Sens. McCain, Graham, and The Speaker of The House back going into Syria.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 08:38 am
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Quote from LTE

"In Syria, we have a nation of people tearing themselves apart while we in this country wring our hands in desperation crying, “Stop it! Stop it!”"

If ANYBODY knows about warfare and the terrible consiquences, it is Se. John McCain. He, not only is backing the missile strike, BUT he is even for arming these rebel fighters!! Shouldn't we give McCain some credit and; AT THE VERY LEAST; listen to what he has to say??!!

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 09/04/13 - 10:16 am
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vigil of prayer and fasting for peace

Pope Francis - “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” “There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope. “For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced. It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.” The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together. Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.” And a link to the complete message: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-announces-global-praye...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/04/13 - 10:34 am
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Ask those who have the most at stake

What would Israel have the rest of the world do if they could?

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Jon Lester 09/04/13 - 10:36 am
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I want to see careers ended over this,

everyone from Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the left to John Boehner and Eric Cantor on the right.

Of course McCain is all in. When hasn't he favored intervention? As far as I'm concerned, the consequences of his wartime experience are exactly why he shouldn't be in office now.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/04/13 - 11:27 am
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Mubarak, Morsi, Kadafi and

Mubarak, Morsi, Kadafi and Assad!! Ask yourself THIS question; in the last 20 years or so, what have they done to Israel? NOTHING!!

This is NOT sitting well with the radical Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda!! This IS who is behind all three "grass roots revolutions".

So, why are we helping them? Can someone please answer WHY!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 12:04 pm
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myfather15 @ 11:27

"So, why are we helping them? Can someone please answer WHY!!"

The US is taking a stand against a government that has broken international law by using chemical weapons. It is the humanitarian thing the The US is doing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 01:47 pm
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International Law

If the United States intervenes militarily without obtaining explicit authorization from the U.N. Security Council, then the United States will be breaking international law.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 01:55 pm
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Violation

Here is an excerpt from a story published in Monday’s Augusta Chronicle:

By Michael Doyle

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — “Unfortunately, the president’s draft (authorization) states a violation of international law in every line,” said Mary Ellen O’Connell, a University of Notre Dame law professor. “Resort to military force is not permitted to punish the use of banned weapons, to address arms proliferation or to respond to vague threats to the United States.” National self-defense or actions explicitly authorized by the U.N. Security Council are the only kinds of military action acceptable under international law, O’Connell said.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/04/13 - 02:22 pm
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KSL
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KSL 09/04/13 - 02:56 pm
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Now if Graham would follow

Now if Graham would follow suit.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/04/13 - 03:03 pm
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Trick

It's just a negotiating tactic. Neo-Con McCain is trying to turn the Senate toward a more hawkish resolution. Let us watch.

It is kind of puzzling why the news media are not giving us sound bites from left-wing doves in the Senate. Surely there are some who oppose military intervention in Syria. Has Harry Reid threatened to reduce the size of their offices if they speak up against intervention?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/04/13 - 03:06 pm
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LL, go back to airport

LL, go back to airport article.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 03:18 pm
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HA @ 2:22

"Looks like McCain is out"

I hope this being out of the Syrian vote is just a temporary thing. I guess, as of now, he doesn't agree with the "no troops and no arming the rebels" part of the draft proposal.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 03:21 pm
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KSL @ 2:56

"Now if Graham would follow suit"

Can I assume that you don't think The US should intervine in Syria?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 09/04/13 - 04:10 pm
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HA I read your link

"The vote came after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., raised objections to an earlier draft. The objections forced lawmakers to renegotiate the measure; McCain ultimately won tougher language clarifying that U.S. action would be aimed in part at changing the momentum on the ground. He was among the 10 who voted for the final resolution"

Your link seems to indicate that Sen. McCain voted for the resolution. Did your info about "McCain is out" come from another source?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/04/mccain-opposes-syria-strike-r...

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jimmymac 09/04/13 - 05:03 pm
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MUSLIMS
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Muslims have been killing each other for 1000 years over Sunni/Shia ideologies. It's caused by radical mullah's who think if you don't believe as they say you should be killed. There's no religious tolerance and Christians are killed equally by both sects. Let them alone and let Allah sort it out!

KSL
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KSL 09/04/13 - 05:32 pm
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bledsoe

That would be a safe assumption.

Echoes86
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Echoes86 09/05/13 - 10:52 am
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Agree

I agree with the letter writer. I don't understand why there are people backing this at all? A lot of African countries have had plenty of humanitarian violations, almost all of which were ignored by our government, but for some reason those are swept under the rug. I want the US to focus on itself. Let another country clean up the messes in the world if they want to, then we can blame them if it all goes wrong as they have been doing to us for years.

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Darby 09/08/13 - 01:19 am
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"If ANYBODY knows about warfare and the

terrible consiquences, (sic) it is Se(n). John McCain. He, not only is backing the missile strike, BUT he is even for arming these rebel fighters!! Shouldn't we give McCain some credit and; AT THE VERY LEAST; listen to what he has to say??!!"

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If you knew anything at all about John McCain, you'd never had said that.

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