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Raymond Blais

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Should we bomb Syria?

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  • Sep 5 2013: No idea, need more information for the reasons.
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      Sep 5 2013: I don't see anything good coming out of it. Some things we should avoid if we can, I certainly think we can avoid bombing Syria.
      • Sep 10 2013: We have to be careful. If Britain, France, Russia had stepped in when Germany took over Czechoslovakia, WWII would not have happened and how many lives would have been saved if we had bombed the concentration camps which we did not.

        Hence, need more information before I can form an opinion.
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          Sep 10 2013: It is a totally different situation when one country invades another. This is a civil conflict.
    • Sep 9 2013: I sometimes grieve how ignorant the general populace (American citizens) are about global geopolitics. Yet I admit a certain degree of willful ignorance, even on my own part...

      Can anyone clarify the relationships between Syria (Assad, the Syrian government, Syrian culture, and the Syrian economy) with neighboring countries in the region? or with Russia, China, France, and other UN Nations? Perhaps an historical overview?

      I, for one, would like to understand whether hobbling the Assad regime may have some positive/beneficial impact on U.S. and/or U.N. interests in the Middle East. Is there an anticipated domino effect, or anything? Long-term goals?

      (I'd like to see this discussion turn more toward an educational and rational purpose.)
      • Sep 10 2013: yes i am ignorant but hopefully less than you seem to think. 8>))
      • Sep 10 2013: I find Syria an interesting place. Basically a Persian culture that was a French Protectorate after WWI but their monetary system is like the British (pound). It is a small producer of Oil but could affect the flow of oil to Europe and Asia.

        The most interesting point is until the civil war, Syria produced 90% of its food, not like many of its neighbors.

        Assad was trained as an eye surgeon in London but was called back when his brother died. He became president in 2000 and actually did some major reforms but stopped in 2004. Some now think that Assad is the front man for an oligarchy made up by his uncles. The regime is Shia and are a minority to the Sunni majority.

        Russia has been supply military hardware and support since WWII.

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