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‘I didn't join the Navy to fight for al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war': Picture of serviceman goes viral... but is it real?

‘I didn't join the Navy to fight for al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war': Picture of serviceman goes viral... but is it real? | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
A photo of a man, believed to be in the Navy, has been shared thousands of times with the sign: 'I didn't join the Navy to fight for al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war!'

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A man that joined the navy claiming he didnt join it to fight for al Qaeda in a Srian civil war. Since the interrupting post/picture it has been retweeed hundreds of times and shared thousands of times on facebook. Obama has launched a full scale political offensive to persuade congress to approve a military strike against Syria.

China is highly concerned about  military action against Syria and believes the international community must avoid complicating issues. They believe the disaster will only travel making it harder on hundreds of other civilians.Syrians are constantly crossing into neighboring countries with a total polulation of 23 million. These people will only continue to run from the disaster trying to survive by any means.

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A photo of a man, believed to be in the Navy, has been shared thousands of times with the sign: 'I didn't join the Navy to fight for al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war!'

ArthurGPeterson's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:56 PM

Hopefully this is a fake.  I think he joined the Navy to follow orders.  Wonder if he could be court marshaled for this message?

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Arthur - I just smiled in reading this - but then I do question the authenticity of the photo
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Syrians 'denied entry into Jordan'

Syrians 'denied entry into Jordan' | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it

Hundreds of people fleeing the civil war in Syria are being turned back at the border with Jordan and neighbouring countries, says Amnesty International.

 


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This war is forcing people to leave with little to no hope. People went to Jordan hoping to get let in, majority of them were men and were appointed to go back. They were forced to go because they had no families or other siblings with them. 

More than two million people have fled because of this crisis, its a sad situation because many of them have lost everything. Many people have nowhere to go and hope to be accepted somewhere. It seems like things are only going to get worse from what i predict. Years prior to everyone leaving over 100,000 people were murdered, so the fear of staying is extremely high nobody wants to die.

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Analysis: Did Syria's Assad get away with chemical weapons attack? - NBCNews.com (blog)

Analysis: Did Syria's Assad get away with chemical weapons attack? - NBCNews.com (blog) | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
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Analysis: Did Syria's Assad get away with chemical weapons attack?
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This article shows that many dictators can get away with any type of crime. Syria's President, Bashar Assad launched a poison on a village near Dasmacus killing 1,400 people. Social media viewed all of te horrible things happening in Dasmascus. Sryian activists posted updates of the dead bodies. Assad seem to get away with the attack as well as became stronger after it. The punishment for his attack were only to give up his chemilcal weapons. The U.S. decides not to have a military strike, but to let Assad keep his postion of power  by letting him use conventional weapons. The rebels are have associated themselves with the al Quaeda fanatics. The rebels have kidnap journalists who ant to tell their story and aid workers who want to bring food. Assad's government says it would like to take part in peace talks, but rebels want the opposite.

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Domesticity amid war: Children continue with chores as bullets fly overhead in Syrian ghost town

Domesticity amid war: Children continue with chores as bullets fly overhead in Syrian ghost town | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
APA girl reacts to the buzz of stray bullets overhead as she cleans the roof of her family house in Kfar Lata, a town that comes under heavy bombardment due to the fighting between opposition fighters and government forces in Syria's Idlib...

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This article is particularly troubling because it shows the real tragedies the war is dealing with.  A northern town in Syria, Kfar Lata, use to inhabit over 100,000 families, and is now a town of a handfull of families.  It's now just another ghost town and shows the true brutality of this war and what it's doing to it's people. Towns are being destoryed and it's just another example of how out of control Syria has become and another reason why we need better control of what's going on. 

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It would take at least 10 years to destroy Syria's CWs.

It would take at least 10 years to destroy Syria's CWs. | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack.

I am not a warmonger; I know the meaning of war, the death toll, the suffering, and the destruction of property along with the spirit of innocent men, women and children. That said, regardless of how appalling the use of force is to achieve any objective, there is a time when force must be used to prevent greater calamities.

For more than 30 months the Obama administration watched with equanimity the systematic slaughter of the Syrian people, who rose up only because they wanted to be free, enjoy basic human rights and have hope for a better future.

These are presumably the values that America stands for, and President Obama in his own words has reiterated time and again the right of every human being to live in dignity. America is committed to safeguarding these rights; as President Obama put it, "that's what makes America different. That's what makes us exceptional."

Yes, this is who we are, but then nearly 120,000 Syrians have been massacred, among them more than 20,000 children under the age of 15. If these children were alive and joined hands, they would form a line 10 miles long. They died helplessly and needlessly, not knowing if they have ever existed.

Throughout this merciless and dehumanizing war, the president has delved into back channel and open diplomatic efforts to stem the violence and oust President Assad from power. Yet 30 months later President Assad is still presiding over his killing machine and no concrete measures have been taken by the United States to precipitate his departure.

Other than humanitarian aid, the White House refused to provide the rebels with any weapons under the pretext that they may fall into the wrong hands. Had such weapons, however, been provided at an earlier stage to vetted rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, they could have changed the dynamic of the war in favor of the rebels.

Moreover, strengthening the hands of moderate rebel groups could have prevented Al Qaeda and other extremist Islamic elements from becoming a significant factor in the civil war and potentially exercising tremendous leverage in the country following the collapse of the Assad regime.

The White House's inaction and continued indecisiveness has further emboldened Assad to test American resolve by reportedly using chemical weapons at least eight times and blatantly crossing President Obama's so-called "red line" with impunity.

Reliable sources suggest that the president's national security team knew with certainty about the earlier use of chemical weapons but chose to continue to "investigate" to play for time, which led to more, larger scale chemical attacks.

The gruesome deaths of 1,423 people (including more than 400 children) resulting from the attack has finally forced the president to face the bitter reality.

I agree that the use of chemical weapons is heinous, incomparable in its horror and inhumanity to any other weapons, and must never be tolerated. But then, isn't it fair to argue that the U.S. could have prevented Assad not only from gassing his citizens but also from indiscriminately killing tens of thousands with conventional weapons?

Following weeks of deliberations, the president finally decided to take military action against some of Assad's military installations, only to vacillate and rescind his decision within hours and turn to Congress for authorization.

Weary of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is understandable that the majority of Americans and their representatives do not want to entangle the country in another war, particularly in the Middle East.

The administration failed to explain to the American public the glaring difference between taking limited military strikes against a tyrant to deter him from continuing to slaughter his people, and waging two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while occupying both countries with thousands of troops at a terrible cost in blood and treasure.

Many congressmen who refused to support the bill authorizing the president to use force have taken this position, not as much because they do not wish to punish Assad, but to express a vote of no confidence in the president.

Regardless of the president's intentions he appeared vacillating and unsure, raising serious questions in the minds of America's friends and allies about his leadership and the U.S.' credibility.

The Obama administration has failed time and again to draw attention to Russian President Putin's hypocrisy as the latter continued to directly interfere in Syria's civil war by openlysupplying Assad with military equipment to crush the rebels and on three occasions preventing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from taking any punitive actions against Assad.

At the same time, he vehemently opposed any outside interference while reportedlycolluding with Iran and Hezbollah to aid Assad with munitions, arms and fighters on the ground to boost Assad's military capability.

Putin's latest gambit suggesting that the international community "must take advantage of the Syrian government's willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction" is just another cynical move designed to buy more time and allow Assad to consolidate his gains against the rebels.

President Obama and his entourage insist that America's credibility to use force prompted the Russians to persuade Assad give up his chemical weapons to avert an American attack.

In truth, many keen observers who follow the grim political reality in connection with the Syrian crisis suggest that the president was only too eager to grab Putin's proposal, knowing full well that that he does not have congressional support to strike Syria.

Moreover, with the exception of France and Saudi Arabia, no other country has openly declared its willingness to join the U.S. in military strikes against Assad.

Putin's proposal is roundly hollow and warrants no serious consideration. To begin with, it would require the passage of a UNSC resolution that would compel Assad to surrender his stockpile under UN Chapter Seven (which authorizes sanctions and even the use of military force to enforce compliance).

If there is even a small chance for the Russian proposal to work, along with the passage of such a UNSC resolution it must include the following provisions: the departure of Assad along with his top military and internal security echelon, an immediate ceasefire to which all rebels and Assad's military must fully adhere, and a recall of all military personnel and equipment to their barracks under UN supervision, a deal which Russia is not likely to accept.

Second, many experts in the field of chemical weapons attest that even with the full cooperation of the Syrian government and under peaceful conditions, it would take months before these weapons are located and sorted out, and after that it would take at least ten years to destroy them.

Third, given the ongoing civil war and the inaccessibility of many locations, it might be impossible to complete such a task which requires hundreds of inspectors who are not readily available.

When asked if there is anything at this point that Assad's government could do to stop an American attack, Secretary Kerry replied, "Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously." [Emphasis added]

But let us assume that contrary to Kerry's skepticism, Assad will fully comply with his demands. Does that mean that Assad can continue to ravage the country and perhaps kill an additional 200,000 Syrians with conventional weapons on the altar of Russian treachery?

While seeking a political solution that must exclude Assad, President Obama must also be prepared to strike. The U.S. Congress has the responsibility to support the president in this case by rising up against tyranny and giving the Syrian people the chance to live free with dignity.

Yes, we must learn from the experiences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but we cannot be paralyzed by these experiences.

As witnessed in Libya, Egypt and now in Syria, the Arab Spring will be a long and cruel winter. Every Arab state will be affected by it. It has permanently changed the political landscape in the Middle East where the U.S. has huge economic, military and national security interests.

This calls on the U.S. to develop a new and comprehensive strategy that corresponds to the ever-changing conditions on the ground. Indeed, how the Syrian civil war ends and what role the U.S. plays in ending it will have far-reaching security ramifications on the U.S. and its allies.

The U.S. remains the only global power with the responsibility to act, preserve global stability and foster political and social values for the betterment of people everywhere.

The president of the United States is the face of America. He is expected to lead with courage and vision and stand by the values that made America what it is, while using his best judgment to act in line with the moral responsibility to which America is held.

   


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Obama has watched for over 30 months the people of Syria being slaughtered.  Nearly 120,000 have been slaughtered in Syria, with more than 20,000 of them being children younger than age 15.  Obama consistently says that are all humans and we all deserve to have the same main rights and we need to step up to the plate and help those people.  throughout this merciless and dehumanizing war, the president has delved into back channel and open diplomatic efforts to stem the violence and oust President Assad from power. Yet 30 months later President Assad is still presiding over his killing machine and no concrete measures have been taken by the United States to precipitate his departure.  Since the White House has continuely to show indecisiveness which has boldened the Syrian Presidents actions the chemical weapons have been tested on eight different occassions and they blatantly crossed Obama's "red line."

Reliable sources suggest that the president's national security team knew with certainty about the earlier use of chemical weapons but chose to continue to "investigate" to play for time, which led to more, larger scale chemical attacks.  We gave Syria to many chances and all we did was let them tease us into an even further extension of the issue.  

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:22 PM

The US has no interest in Syria. It's not our war, it's a civil war within and both sides are enemies of the US. Humanitarian aid and support to refugees is all we should provide. It is treason to be providing arms to our enemies, and use our military as their defense. Here are the 'moderate rebels' Kerry and Obama speak of: One Photographer’s Witness to a Brutal Execution in Syria -by @SenJohnMcCain and Obama rebels http://ht.ly/oPTTa  
Sadly Obama wants to arm the same people who are committing such atrocities and who are killing the Christians who remain in Syria. We can not and should not be a part of this heinous crime.

 

Latest updates:

Syria Signs Chemical Weapons Pact -Won't give up unless Obama revokes threat  http://sco.lt/5ahUFV

 

Obama Insists: Assad must Step Down http://t.co/RQeQJBFXaN

 

Obama wants war&wants Assad out>RT @mfs001: Lavrov: As Syria to put chem arms under int'l control, strike unnecessary.  http://t.co/jzffq2FyNp

 

MT @majorcbs:Carney concedes military threat receding from#Syria matrix w/Kerry saying it"might"be used&no US demand to enforce CW disposal

 

WATCH:This brutal video montage highlights the White House’s confusing stance on Syria http://t.co/uKPztwQLN4 //Contradictions

 

John McCain: "Bashar Assad's air [force] started flying and attacking the rebels again today" http://t.co/t0SEeDA1U0 //GOOD

 

US Military tasked with hunting down the Benghazi attack suspects in Lybia had their 'Stuff' Stolen. http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2013/09/us-military-tasked-with-hunting-down.html

 

U.S. MILITARY CONFIRMS OBAMA'S REBELS HAD SARIN... |http://ht.ly/oNFEh

 

US calls on Syria to declare all chemical arms 'quickly' http://t.co/Q3XCYnC01L ;

 

Obama's Syria Rebels Slit Man's Throat ~> Wouldn't Convert ~> Taunt Fiance ~> Jesus Didn't Save Him http://t.co/k6cePf1CS2

 

Witnesses report desecrations, forced conversion to Islam in Syrian Christian village http://t.co/NscNCGsSsm

 

AFP:French FM says UN inspectors report on the chemical weapons attack in Syria will "probably" be published Monday

 

15th Member Of Congress Suggests Impeaching Obama http://t.co/1lZ09tdpLE //suggest,what are they waiting for?Arrest him!!

 

Syrian Rebels pledge their allegiance & loyalty to work for al-Qaeda leader, Sheik al-Zawahri. #Iran http://t.co/5wwduHM35L

 

ICYMI:Video:Belgian journalist held prisoner in Syria says rebels used gas http://sco.lt/5lmkjJ

 

RT @realjameswoods: Excellent assessment and recap of#Benghazi betrayal by Clinton and other cohort/cowards http://t.co/5m0nW2Rc5b

 

Or arming Iran>RT @colormered:Putin didn't mention this in Op-Ed.Russia’s‘carrier-killer’Moskva enters Mediterranean http://t.co/8tMOwgYzjS

 

U.S. can’t prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria |   http://sco.lt/5D0a7F 

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Rohani: Iran won't give up 'one iota' of nuclear rightshttp://sco.lt/5zcQGv

 

Obama Open To Diplomacy After Samantha Powers Said Exhausted All Options http://sco.lt/73Jjjl

 

Kerry Rhetorically Speaks,Russia& Syria Like 'Rhetorical' Idea for Averting War   http://sco.lt/7m8xyj ;

 

Assad loyalists "forming human shields" to protect from US strikes  http://sco.lt/6Aeb1F

 

 China, joins Russia, Has Warships “Observing” Close to Syria http://sco.lt/6EQept ;

 

The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, http://ht.ly/oCmzK

 

Video: “Allahu Akbar!” @SenJohnMcCain, @statedept allies caught Executing Restrained Kneeling Pro-Assad Civilians http://sco.lt/87DDcH ;

 

Iran Threatens To Unleash Hezbollah, Kidnap Americans If U.S. Strikes Syria  http://sco.lt/6dAmgr ;

 

Video:Terrorists Coming Thru Southern Border;Hezbollah training in Mexico! http://sco.lt/8zAOJ7 ;

and likely in the US already as sleeper cells, thanks to our porous borders that this threat from Iran could become a reality if Obama strikes Syria. 

 

Putin right,Kerry lied:Top intelligence reports   confirm jihadists overpowering 'moderates' | http://sco.lt/7cYWVF ;

 

The Truth About Al Qaeda Infiltration in Syria http://sco.lt/7wmiZN

 

Allen West to Congress: Don't Let Obama Make You a Scapegoat for Syria  http://sco.lt/5QMOmn ;

 

Obama gets Cold Feet -Syrian's celebrating&call admin a joke  http://sco.lt/8ULZuj

 

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack http://sco.lt/5ugDFR ;

 

Syrians vow to “burn America’s skies” on Obama’s Facebook  http://sco.lt/8JmIMr ;

 

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.


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Russia warns US of 'catastrophic consequences' of Syria intervention http://sco.lt/8PtJ5d

 

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On Fox News today with Neil Cavuto: Wayne Simmons frmr CIA op claims he has human evidence that the FSA is the secular/humanitarian group&the US shld help&bomb Syria air&palace...however that's contrary to other reports, including reports from victims of the attack.

 

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video evidence shows Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons in Syria  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=194084144098569&set=vb.1390539321171537&type=2&theater

 

UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas - Not Assadhttp://sco.lt/5YnWCX ;

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/

 

Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria ;

 

President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-obama-determined-to-hold-syria-accountable-for-using-chemical-weapons/2013/08/26/599450c2-0e70-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

 

Remember Bashar the Reformer?

American officials who for ego or because of animosity toward George W. Bush did their best to end Assad’s isolation. It’s always fun to read their statements reporting Assad’s willingness to solve mutual problems.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who took time out to tour the markets to maximum benefit for Syrian state television.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), more John Kerry, and even more John Kerry. That second story reminds how the Obama administration once went so far as to give Syria spare parts for its planes.The late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), at the time still a Republican, might have acted as a tour guide: His trip with Nelson and Kerry was his 16th taxpayer-funded trip to Damascus, and it was not his last.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have gone herself, but she used her senate colleagues’ experience meeting Assad to justify her description of him as a reformer. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation, explaining, “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spent nearly $8,000 on two trips to Damascus, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) spent nearly twice that, according to Legistorm.Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly asked President George W. Bush for permission to go tête-à-tête with Assad in Damascus; let’s be glad Bush said no, both because it saved Petraeus the embarrassment and denied Assad a propaganda coup.

Perhaps in this age of budget-cutting, it would be useful to ask Pelosi, Kerry, and Nelson—all of whom still serve publicly—about what in hindsight they see as the value of their trips to Syria

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/08/26/remember-bashar-the-reformer/

 

 U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' | http://sco.lt/5MRT4j

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/war-against-islam?q=Syria

 

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Aid group calls for greater humanitarian access in Syria to help those affected by civil war

Aid group calls for greater humanitarian access in Syria to help those affected by civil war | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it

BEIRUT — A general director of Doctors Without Borders called Tuesday for greater access for humanitarian aid to Syrians suffering in their country’s civil war, and urged the international community to show the same urgency to help them as it did to address dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

 


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A general director of the Doctors Without Borders called for greater access of aid to the Syrian's suffering from the civil war.  They urged the international community to show the same urgency to help them as it did to address dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.  This Syrian conflict has caused a huge humanitarian crisis on a massive scale, killing more than 100,000 people, driving nearly 7 million more from their homes and devastating the nation’s cities and towns.  Since the country is in a rebellious uprising, these troops are giving crucial medical care, food aid, and this is becoming a dangerously crucial task. 

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Syria hit by blackouts after blast

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An explosion near the airport in Syria's capital, Damascus, is followed by blackouts in the city and across the country.

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There has been a black out in the capital of Syria from rebel artillery. There have been many power outages due to the war going on. There has been a terrorist attack on the gas pipe line. It is thought that this was a well planne attack on the city.

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The Four Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (and What This Tells Us About Syria)

The Four Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (and What This Tells Us About Syria) | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
By Barbara F. Walter The Obama Administration continues to insist that it would like to see a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria. But this desire flies in the face of everything we've le...

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The Obama Administration continues to insist that they want to find a diplomatic to solution to the Civil War in Syria.  Although over the past 70 plus years, the endings were not such that.  His desires may be far fetched because of how those wars ended.  He needs to keep in mind these four things as he considers the reality of coming to a negotiated settlement with Syria. 

Civil Wars do not end quickly, it is a very long, drawn out, and delicate process.  The average length of a Civil War since 1945 has been about 10 years.  This can suggest that this war with Syria is in its early stages and that we have a long way to battle with Syria.  The later stages of a war then suggest a negotiated settlement.

The greater the number the factions, the longer a civil war can last.  Syria's war is being fought between the Assad government and at least 13 different extreme radical rebel groups whose alliances are relatively fluid to the government.  This could suggest that this particular civil war can last longer than the others since there is more influence in the situation. 

Like I mentioned before civil wars usually end in military decisions, not negotiated settlements.  Of the past civil wars the government wins about 40 percent of the time, while the rebels win about 35 percent of the time.  So this indicates that the Syrian war will end on the battlefield not because of a negotiated settlement. 

Lastly, of the wars that have ended because of a negotiated settlement they usually have two things in common.  First they tend to divide political power among the combatants based on their position on the battlefield.   This means that any negotiated settlement in Syria will need to include both the Assad regime and the Islamists, neither of whom is particularly interested in working with the other. Second, successful settlements all enjoy the help of a third party willing to ensure the safety of combatants as they demobilize. This means that even if all sides eventually agree to negotiate it’s unlikely that any country or the U.N. will be willing to send the peacekeepers necessary to help implement the peace. The likelihood of a successful negotiated settlement in Syria? Probably close to zero.

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Brian Byrd's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:29 PM

Is the this war prediction is longen than the Civil war itself. This article state things that the president should take into consideration being that he alreayd has his mind made. They suggest that the war is in its early stage which it is, although its still early to predict what could happen you can conclude that the war will be lengthy. The Syria’s civil war is being fought between the Assad government and at least 13 major rebel groups whose alliances are relatively fluid, could work against us but then again who knows. It suggests that we wont be able to negociate with these people concluding it will end on the battlefield.

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No more foreign wars? Yet America is fighting in Yemen's civil war

No more foreign wars? Yet America is fighting in Yemen's civil war | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
No act of government calls for greater debate and deliberation than the decision to commit the country to war.

 

The recent civil war in Syria sparked a national conversation in the United States about the direction of American foreign policy, and rightly so.

 

But Syria was not the only civil war preoccupying the administration. While orchestrating the drawdown in Afghanistan and openly contemplating intervening in Syria, the president appears to have secretly inserted the United States in Yemen's civil war.


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Not only are we having a national debate on whether or not to send our country to war with Syria but we are also being thrown ino Yemen's own Civil War.  The article is claiming that the President is quitely inserting himself into a war with Yemen and that it is time for the President to come clean on what is going on with our country.  The Syrian war has been influencing the pursuit of our presence in Yemen ande the president has inserted us there as well.  We don't have the strength to seperate our forces into all of these different wars and there is no reason for us to try and pursue all of these things. 

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Car bomb explodes in Iraqi city of Samarra, killing 14

Car bomb explodes in Iraqi city of Samarra, killing 14 | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but Sunni Islamist and other insurgents, including al Qaeda have been regaining ground this year, reversing a decline in sectarian bloodshed that reached a peak in 2006-7.

 

More than 6,000 people have been killed in acts of violence across the country so far this year, as Iraq's sectarian balance comes under acute strain from the civil war in neighbouring Syria.


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Alot of criminal activity has been occuring in Samarra, a car bomb exploded in a street lined with shops killing at least fourteen people. They say more than six thousand people have been killed in acts of violence across the country so far this year. This short summary simply speaks on how violence is constanly occuring and will only get worse.

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The Four Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (and What This Tells Us About Syria)

The Four Things We Know About How Civil Wars End (and What This Tells Us About Syria) | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
By Barbara F. Walter The Obama Administration continues to insist that it would like to see a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria. But this desire flies in the face of everything we've le...

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Is the this war prediction is longen than the Civil war itself. This article state things that the president should take into consideration being that he alreayd has his mind made. They suggest that the war is in its early stage which it is, although its still early to predict what could happen you can conclude that the war will be lengthy. The Syria’s civil war is being fought between the Assad government and at least 13 major rebel groups whose alliances are relatively fluid, could work against us but then again who knows. It suggests that we wont be able to negociate with these people concluding it will end on the battlefield.

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The Obama Administration continues to insist that they want to find a diplomatic to solution to the Civil War in Syria.  Although over the past 70 plus years, the endings were not such that.  His desires may be far fetched because of how those wars ended.  He needs to keep in mind these four things as he considers the reality of coming to a negotiated settlement with Syria. 

Civil Wars do not end quickly, it is a very long, drawn out, and delicate process.  The average length of a Civil War since 1945 has been about 10 years.  This can suggest that this war with Syria is in its early stages and that we have a long way to battle with Syria.  The later stages of a war then suggest a negotiated settlement.

The greater the number the factions, the longer a civil war can last.  Syria's war is being fought between the Assad government and at least 13 different extreme radical rebel groups whose alliances are relatively fluid to the government.  This could suggest that this particular civil war can last longer than the others since there is more influence in the situation. 

Like I mentioned before civil wars usually end in military decisions, not negotiated settlements.  Of the past civil wars the government wins about 40 percent of the time, while the rebels win about 35 percent of the time.  So this indicates that the Syrian war will end on the battlefield not because of a negotiated settlement. 

Lastly, of the wars that have ended because of a negotiated settlement they usually have two things in common.  First they tend to divide political power among the combatants based on their position on the battlefield.   This means that any negotiated settlement in Syria will need to include both the Assad regime and the Islamists, neither of whom is particularly interested in working with the other. Second, successful settlements all enjoy the help of a third party willing to ensure the safety of combatants as they demobilize. This means that even if all sides eventually agree to negotiate it’s unlikely that any country or the U.N. will be willing to send the peacekeepers necessary to help implement the peace. The likelihood of a successful negotiated settlement in Syria? Probably close to zero.

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Rebels lose ground to Assad forces in Syria war; Free Syrian Army official ... - Washington Post

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This artical is about rebels losing controls during the Syria War. Many people are afraid that their lives are in danger simple because they don't believe that the Syrian Army will be able to protect the.  Abdul Jabbar Akaidi blamed the protest bickering on the capture by Assad loylalists of the city of Safira.

Safira restored a supply link between Damascus and govenment forces to divide the northern city. If the rebels are unable to hold ground in the north the Geneva Peace Conference will shift. The opposition won't attend if it is losing. Assad will not compromise also. Residents thought the government was  expelled for good so it's causing conflict across Allepo. People are extremely scared. They believe the Syria army is incapable of defending themselves.

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Is this the most sickening image of the war in Syria so far?

Is this the most sickening image of the war in Syria so far? | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
Pregnant Syrian women are the targets of a sickening war game where snipers murders a foetus in its mother’s womb, a British surgeon has revealed.

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This article is about the most sickening parts of the war.  Soldiers aim for pregnant Syrian woman and kill the fetus.  It's a game to them and they get rewarded with a pack of cigarettes when they kill the baby.  The rebels are extremely dangerous and ruthless.  They are constantly committing unncecessary, brutal crimes to the people.  The rebels are  committing heavy overnight clashes saw the killing of dozens of rebels and pro-Assad forces, including one of the president’s top military intelligence officers, activists said.

General Jama'a Jama'a was shot dead on Thursday by snipers in the midst of a battle with rebels including forces linked to al Qaeda, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

His death, celebrated by rebels and opposition activists, marked a significant setback for Assad's bid to retain a hold over the city, capital of the eastern oil-producing province.  This proves how ruthless the Syrians are and how we cannot afford to underestimate them.  


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" #Turkey is losing the Syrian War" #Syria

" #Turkey is losing the Syrian War"  #Syria | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been beseeching the international community to take action on Syria for over two years now. Until the recent chemical

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This article talks about how no matter what the out come of the war in Syria, Turkey will still be a loser. Turkey has no way to escape the war, not with its large sharing border with Syria. Not only has there been casualties but the fleeing civilians of Syria into Turkey is a growing number. Turkey is tied up in this war no matter what and they will be in it to the end, and they have clearly indicated that they are looking for a way out. It is ironic that just a few years ago Turkey and Syria were neighbors with zero problems. The leaders of these countries developed a both political and personal relationship. Now  the countries are on different sides. There are over half a million refugees in Turkey and the other citizens have settled in independentaly owned towns. Having the Syrians across the boarder is illegal. There have been Car bombs along the boarder killing over 52 people, since then the number has been raised. There has been talks of peace treatys but there is really no good hopes for Turkey to get out of the way. No matter who wins the war or who gets involved Turkey will be one of the losers.

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" #Turkey is losing the Syrian War"  #Syria

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Read For Yourself: The Ultra-Ambitious U.N. Plan to Destroy Syria's Nerve Gas

Read For Yourself: The Ultra-Ambitious U.N. Plan to Destroy Syria's Nerve Gas | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tonight outlined his ambitious plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, relying on 100 technical specialists, administrators, and security officers to eliminate Bashar al-Assad's unconventional arsenal by next summer. It won't be an easy task, Ban admitted in a 10-page letter to the U.N. Security Council. Not only is it the first time the U.N. has carried out such a task in the midst of a civil war. The advance team that's in Syria has already had mortars and car bombs go off right around their makeshift headquarters.

 


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In this article it discusses the United Nations and how they plan to destory Syria's chemical weapons.  They are relying on 100 technical specialists, administrators, and security officers to eliminate Assad's unconventional arsenal by next summer.   Not only is it the first time the U.N. has carried out such a task in the midst of a civil war. The advance team that's in Syria has already had mortars and car bombs go off right around their makeshift headquarters.  They are setting up a team headquarters in Cyprus to keep an eye on Syria.  They are only going to deploy the necessary personelle whose presence is crucial to the country to perform its tasks.   The U.N. has already sent an advance team to Damascus to begin verifying the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons; Syrian officials using "cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable" some missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment."  The operation being conducted will need to speed up rapidly to be able to perform the tasks required.  The operation is taking place in three phases and it is to have surveillance over Damascu

 

 

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In Syria, Palestinian Refugees Made Refugees Again

In Syria, Palestinian Refugees Made Refugees Again | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
With few places to flee, Palestinian refugees in Syria are stuck inside a civil war and the reality that they have no state to call their own, Matt Surrusco reports.

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This article is about a car bomb that went off In Samarra, Iraq. Ever since the war in Syria has started more than 6,000  people have been killed. A woman tells about her experience when the car bomb went off, she was just stopping at the store to get candy for her kids and she heard a loud bang and two women were thrown into the street, they were bloody and one was missing legs. This is an major issue that is going on the war in Syria is just getting bigger and spreading it seems like there isnt any slowing down. Since 2007 the Islamist al Qaeda is making a come back. they are growing resnetment against the goverment in Iraq ever since the US led invasion.The come up of the al Qaeda and the spread of war is an evolving problem that is most likely only going to get worse.

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9 Ways America Has Fueled the Bloody Civil War in #Syria

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America has undermined opportunities for ceasefire in Syria and a peaceful political transition.

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In this article the author talks about the many ways that America has helped fuel the current war in Syria. Not only are we currently involeved in a war that has killed over 100,000 people, our government has known about it for way longer than any of the general public knew. Here are just a few of the ways that the United States has fuled the war in Syria. First of all back in 2011 there Syrbia mad the NCB to help peaceful protests and resistannce to government repressions. The US government went bringing Syria's back creating a unrepresentative group that were trained to pursue regimine groups Syria. Secondly we have been flying in fighters weapons knowing that it was going to be a bloody war. We have also been flying unmarked NATO  plans into a "Free Syria Base" and also helping with the communication. The Syrian government feels like it is being abused by us as well as other countries. Going on, it seems as though the amount of the people being killed are loyalists What the author is saying in this article is that there are so many things going on with our involvement with the war in Syria, when it shouldnt really be necessary.We are doing nothing but furthing the war in Syria, there have been peace treatys issued just this year and once again our Government has worked around it have continued to send the fuel to the war in Syria. 

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9 Ways America Has Fueled the Bloody Civil War in #Syria

America has undermined opportunities for ceasefire in Syria and a peaceful political transition.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMxWOIzac-g

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U.S. politicians wonder if Obama was outfoxed on Syria chemical weapons

U.S. politicians wonder if Obama was outfoxed on Syria chemical weapons | Civil War in Syria | Scoop.it
Lawmakers speculate whether the U.S.-Russia deal on Syria's chemical arms exposes America's weakness while strengthening Putin

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The USA made an agreement with Russia to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons.  Although Obama defended the deal we made, Senatior John McCain along with many others thought the deal was a bad idea.  They said the deal exposed American weakness while it strengthened the hand of the Russians and Syrian President, Bashar Assad.  John McCain specifically spoke out saying "It gave Russia a position in the Middle East that it hadn't had since 1970"  The politicians went back and forth in their debate on why they believe that the US involvement with the Russians was a bad idea.   They are argue that the Russians can make the Syrian President Assad do what the Russians what them to do with the weapons.  That the Russians have a plan for Russian Interests because they saw Syria as a diplomatic advantage, and here's why:  Syrian chemical weapons agreement bound for United Nations Security Council, Sec. Kerry claims "threat of force is real" in Syria, and that families in Damscus struggle to survive. 

 Another problem is that we took the threat of military involvement off of the table which they are arguing about as well.  Although they said we won't take action unless the agreement is broken they feel like the threat of our military involvement needs to be more real because we are not taking proper precautions for the events that could happen in the future. 

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