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Syria: What is the core principle?

I have a friend who is a Syrian ex-pat.
He runs a grocery store in my town and I meet him almost every day.
When the Syrian conflict started getting bad I asked him about it. He said:

"We have a saying - when elephants fight, the grass is killed".

He went on to say: "I have a brother in a town that is at risk .. I plan to go in through Turkey and get him out of there." .. He has not been able to do that yet. And he explained to me the factional power that most Syrians understand .. the Sunnis, the Shiites and the Alawi .. but there are also Druze, Coptics etc etc..

And now, the USA wants to throw bombs to destroy critical infrastructure - regardless of who gets killed in the process.

This is a subject that is so complex that no one can really know what is happening.

My question to the TED community is this:

What is the basic principle?

My friend alludes to elephants and grass .. that seems basic.

Is there any other reliable abstract to be had?

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  • Sep 17 2013: Mitch. Non evidenced based theories just haven't ever worked.

    Keynesianism doesn’t work, never has worked, and never will work.
    Summers, Obama, and the FED's Bernanke and Geithner, with
    q1,q2,q3, currency wars that never had a chance of being successful.
    No nation has ever won a currency war.

    Without a clear understanding of why Keynesianism cannot work
    Summers, Obama, and the FED's Bernanke and Geithner, all were
    doomed to pursuing the impossible.

    So we the people of America suffer through these idiot's messes.
    And we listen to Obama smooth the distress with his soft spoken lies.

    Face facts. the Bank's robbed us all, not a criminal act,
    instead -- Much like Plutarch wrote 2,000 years ago.
    An act of Congress suggested by Henry Paulson, who was the
    best Shakespearian actor on the stage. Now a wealthy man
    beyond imagination, and the scope of law.

    Bank's today enjoy bank robbery investigative services of the FBI,
    a 1920-30's late replacement for the Pinkerton Detective Agency,
    who were barred from employment by both the United States and
    the District of Columbia. Services, which in my mind suggests
    insanity without boundaries.

    Something I no doubt have had a lifetime to mull over.
    Also note the last 5 years of Goldman Sach's public-relation ads.
    their $500 million dollars for new business start-ups a mere drop in
    the bucket.

    I apologize for being so offensive, but the charade never stops.
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      Sep 18 2013: It gets on my nerves too .. we are far from alone.

      Keynes methods were temporary at best - it is designed to plug the economic gap when people are dumped into exile. It is supposed to prevent exiles forming-up into insurgencies. But it does not produce sustainable value-production - you can't do Keynes without a follow-up plan - something that builds real functioning families and towns - sustainable value production.
      The machines replaced slavery - but the system that produced slavery has not caught-up .. those displaced by the machines are still considered slaves, but now they are useless slaves. Where is the plan for them? If there is no plan, are we ready to accept the plans they make for themselves?
      Where does the national unity come from? Can we learn anything from Syria about how to not screw the pooch?
      • Sep 18 2013: Mitch, here is the Syrian's real problem, and the world's. 9/18/2013
        Today, In response to the FISA Judge's lame excuse -- the following law-suit.

        VICTIMS
        All Americans, and Worldwide all citizens of all nations.
        -- vs --

        CO-CONSPIRATORS -- The United States Congress, and Staff,
        Highly Paid FISA Judges and Staff, NSA and Staff, 5 Living Presidents and
        Staff, Private Contractors and Employees, and John Does 1 through
        850,000 United States Employees who hold Top Secret and Cryptographic
        Clearances.

        THE CHARGES.
        1. Lying to Americans, Nation's Governments World-Wide and their citizens.

        2. Spying for up to 45 years of Victim's personal Intellectual Property,
        including, but not limited to Victim's written and spoken words.

        3. Surveillances for up to 45 years of Victim's personal Intellectual Property,
        including, but not limited to Victim's written and spoken words.

        4. Collection for up to 45 years of Victim's personal Intellectual Property,
        including, but not limited to Victim's written and spoken words.

        5. Theft by Deception for up to 45 years of Victim's personal Intellectual Property, including, but not limited to Victim's written and spoken words.

        6. Purchase and/or Sale for up to 45 years of Victim's personal Intellectual Property, including, but not limited to Victim's written and spoken words.
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          Sep 19 2013: Surveillance has a lot of factors we can follow.

          Firstly, the Echelon system was known to be operating for years - it was part of the cold-war thing then got subsumed into the war-on-a-word-in-the-dictionary.
          If you go to war with a language, the battleground is words - in order to win, the military must take the ground .. and that's what they are doing.

          From another angle, once all the land real-estate is used up as property (as it is), then there is nowhere to expand. So you declare intellect as real-estate and start owning that too.

          "Intellectual property" is the bid to capture our minds - our attention, our observations, our thoughts, our innovation, our personal aspirations - and sell it. For money - or some other form of advantage - either way, we lose it.

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