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Monday, September 9. 2013
1. He gave the UN inspectors complete run of the place in their investigation. Compare that to Iran giving the UN nuke inspectors extremely limited access.
2. He was already handily beating the rebels back and thus had no reason to throw himself into the spotlight and incur international wrath.
You know how those crime shows are always focusing on motive?
And there's a secondary meme that's evolved in recent days that I believe is off the mark. This blurb from the Washington Times incorporates both:
In my opinion, it has nothing to with a 'distaste for more war' and everything to do with the following. Even site favorite James Taranto is on board the 'Assad Did It' bandwagon, and, as sharp and focused as he is, he seems to have completely overlooked the one key word in his column here. Let's see if you can spot it:
Alleged. And, James, if something is only alleged, then only a total moron would take such devastating and possibly far-reaching action on it. Far-reaching, that is, if you count Iran closing down the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation.
The bottom line is that Americans don't like going to war over an alleged anything.
Another media-driven misconception that's been there from the start is that the rebels are 'moderates' and thus are the good guys. Kerry's used the word "moderates" in every speech he's given on the subject. But such is hardly the case.
And here's yet one more meme the protectionist media is pushing, the 'reluctant' president:
So I guess Libya doesn't count.
I included this link in my last Syria update:
And two fresher ones:
And, to his credit, Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air, who's been 100% certain it was Assad from day one, might be changing his tune:
The most amusing part of the entire drama, of course, is watching the squishy liberal media dance around the issue. Saddam Hussein gasses 250,000 Iraqi Kurds, Bush wants to stop him, and that's a bad thing. Assad gasses his people, Obama wants to stop him, and that's a good thing. Gosh, I wonder what the difference in those two wildly-opposed attitudes could be?
Then you throw in the doubt of who really gassed the citizenry and, if it actually was al-Qaeda, now you're saying we should fight on the side of al-Qaeda?
So it's good to know who the real culprit is.
And then we have the most jaw-dropping and unexpected headline in the history of the world:
It's a brand new day, folks.
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Love the Bush "Miss Me Yet" in the background of the pic.
Most of the victims in the gas attack were children. A long time tactic of the PLO and their splinter groups. The photo-op and video were/are the most important element in the killings.
The "rebels" know they will get the media, the UN, and most of the people who see these photos/videos on their side. They have been doing it to the Israeles for 60 years.
This was really well done.
Too bad for the kids though.
"Too bad for the kids though."
You'll feel better after you read the next post. After all, they made it Heaven, so they've got that going for them.
And you're certainly right about them preying upon world sympathy. The Israelis send a rocket into Lebanon, some Reuters guy doctors it up and it looks like those heartless Israelis leveled half the city. The half where all the women and children lived, of course.
Doc, I know how you love to wildly exaggerate to embellish a good point, but when it comes to this:
"the most jaw-dropping and unexpected headline in the history of the world"
I have to say that I agree with you. :-)
Also, the pic was hysterical. Superb job on somebody's part.
As for "who did it?", I have to admit that I'm starting to come around. The points you and the articles make is pretty convincing. Certainly convincing enough keep it "alleged" at this point, and I agree with what you said about that. If it's proven he did it, sure, bomb his ass back into the stone age. That "public distaste for war" business is just giving Big O an excuse to bow out.
"I have to say that I agree with you. :-)"
I think I actually reached up and made sure there wasn't a small blotch on the monitor screen this morning when I read it, just to make sure I was actually reading the words correctly.
Let's hope the heads of Greenpeace and the Sierra Club see it.
OK, but I've heard Assad did not let those inspectors in until a week afterwards.
And I've heard that it could have been AQ. Someone asked why would the rebels kill their own people, and then there's AQ who don't have 'their own people" there, and don't seem to much care about whoever they kill on their way to power.
Coulda been either, seems to me.
There have been a couple of bizarre stories coming out of the UN hunt, like them inspecting a chem site without wearing protective gloves or masks. Always hard to say from this end.
This is nothing more than a distraction from the disastrous start of Obamacare in October and the horrible economy. Plus he's stupid - there, I said it. He has all the intellectual rigor and intelligence of a box of rocks.
Oh - is that racist?
No - it's the truth.
Looks like Putin has put a spoke in the wheels of war.
Now whether or not Team Obama decides a long difficult transnational process is worth it is another story. They seem determined to play the missile card to the end.
I just read the 'Plan B' article on Fox News. If I were Assad, I'd say, "Why, sure, boys, they're all yours! Tell ya the truth, we ain't never used any of them! Just bought 'em off that Saddam guy for cheap and they been nothin' but a headache ever since! Goddamn upkeep costs a fortune!"
Or, I suppose he could say, "Absolutely. No problem. Just as soon as all of the other MidEast nations turn over their chemical and nuclear stockpiles (I'm talkin' to you, Israel), we'll be happy to join in the fun."
Yeah, that should happen.
In regard to the Syrian (un)civil war;
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Bread, cheese and wine, anyone? And I'm thinking of Barry as much as Assad.
That picture of the cabinet meeting or whatever it is is a hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!
Hey Doc, you been checking in with The Onion?
Apparently their correspondents are spot on, like you.
Great stuff! I love the first item on the 'For' list when it comes to reasons to strike Syria:
— It’s the right thing to do, maybe
That dovetails nicely with the 'alleged' business.
I also like the 'Against':
— Could turn Russia and Iran against U.S.
And we wouldn't want that!
Oh, and don't forget:
"Poll: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria"
Thanks for pointing it out, best laugh of the day.
Bull dog--I just read the link to the CS Monitor. Will you and the other MF folks please take a closer look at that picture at the top of the article? Please tell me in what language is that sign written--the sign a Syrian protestor is holding up. Sure looks like Mexican/Spanish to me! Buddy--would you like to step in here?
It's Spanish. It says "sostengamos muestra patria no a agresion extranjera-" and the last word is cut off. Google Translate says, "not sustain homeland shows aggression" without the last word, which might change the overall meaning.
And good catch on your part. Who knew they spoke Spanish in Syria? That should make all that usual English-Arabic translation nightmare MUCH easier!
I think it says "Support our country; 'no' to foreign aggression."
The confusion over who used gas reminds me of the Nazi soldiers that dressed in Polish uniforms, stormed a German radio station and broadcast anti-German rhetoric as part of a propaganda campaign just before WWII. Would it be possible the rebels want the west to think it is Assad based on Obama's statements of last year?
I got and idea, let's sell weapons to both sides and watch them pulverize each other. Then move on to Iran, then Saudi Arabia then......
After seeing the Rose interview, I'll take Assad 10-1 over Obama. Charlie just couldn't force Bashar into a corner and the Syrian made several slam-dunks, especially when they got into a discussion about terrorists vs. opposition plus the percentage of the Syrian population who support Assad vs. the percentage of rebels. Charlie began to look exhausted.
And, if I hear one more sentence from the Liberals about "doing it for the children," I'll barf. Obama, Pelosi, etc. have NEVER done a whit "for the children" except to enslave them to the Democratic party until death.
Would you want your son or daughter going into a war with Obama as CIC?
That's all you need to know.
If we look at incentives, Obama's incentives are (1) saving face - always #1 for Obama, and (2) helping AQ.
If global warming caused the Syrian wars in addition to all the other problems it has caused, we must immediately declare war on global warming. We must destroy its root causes: the industrial revolution.
The revolution began in Europe, and it must be ended there. De-industrialize the EU immediately. Use all weapons at our disposal. Not another second must be allow Europe to damage the environment.
I hope this will be as successful as our other phony wars against Drugs, Poverty, and Terrorism.
Going back to Jr. College Spanish, I think a closer translation would be: we support our country, no foreign aggression (could be aggressors). Either way the message is clearly intended for the Spanish speaking Americanos! It is written by someone with pretty saavy insight as to the present day politics in this country. That sign is in support of Assad and is asking for Mexican/Americans to help make the case that we stay out of Syria! First time for everything folks!!
Ah, mine boy, the advantages of writing on a blog site.
There are no rules.
Last of the wild frontier. :)
I finally figured it out--that strange, something is not right feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I see those 'secret videos' of the victims of gas. They are all CLEAN. The floor is clean, the people are clean, etc. The faces all washed. Don't look anything at all like the pictures of the Kurds who had been gassed, or other groups. Just sayin . . .
As I noted elsewhere, there was also something about the UN inspectors busily hovering over the bodies -- NOT wearing any protective gear like gloves or face masks. Maybe the corpses were all scrubbed down just so they wouldn't have to wear protective gear, but it seems odd if you're trying to get a "first-hand look" at the carnage.
Some of you folks here may remember the old days--you know when every kitchen had a little bottle of 'something strong'. Gram, or mom would put a teaspoon of whiskey in with the cough syrup to help the little one sleep through the night. Sometimes the kid was sick, but sometimes they just wanted the babe to go to sleep and give the parents some peace.
I have often wondered: in countries where the poppy/opium is a common household staple--do they ever use just a little to have some effect on the little ones? Maybe calm them down a little, or maybe . . .
I remember on holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter) how I use to sneak a sip of Mogen David from the empty glasses on the table.It was easy for grampa to convince me to act funny because I had had a sip of wine and now I was drunk. It was a game we played--he would demonstrate how to flop around and act drunk and I would imitate him. I wonder if parents in the middle east countries do the same thing with opium?
Well, opium, like hash, is a 'downer', if you will, not an upper, so "rolling around on the floor" isn't a usual effect. How 'bout South America and cocaine?
My point Doc. Could those people who are laying so still be "downered"? Could the little boys rolling around be enjoying the game with adults coaxing from the sidelines?
I don't like it--it just doesn't feel right.
The arctic gained 60% more ice since last summer. Global warming is so last year.
Assad gained 60% more power since last summer. American influence is so last year.
Islamist fanatics kidnapped children from Alawite villages prior to the Sarin event.
Their parents have identified them as being the dead.
The presumption that the children were Sunni is most unwise.
Previously, the rebels launched chemical warfare attacks inside southern Turkey -- claiming these strikes to be Assad's. The Turks didn't buy it: the targets were always Alawite.
The operation smacks of Pallywood. Palestinian fanatics drove east and turned left. Every aspect of this gambit is but an echo of Jenin.
That the obvious connection is not promptly made by the MSM is a salute to their etch-a-sketch memories. (They erase when they roll into bed.)