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SolRo - 2015-01-17

US is sending 1000 soldiers to train these terrorists so hopefully they fight the other terrorists.

They will never learn.

Hazelnut - 2015-01-18

Well don't leave us hanging! What's your solution to the Syrian mess that the horrible mean US hasn't learned yet? I have to admit I haven't learned either: non-involvement has been an utter disaster, but if we invaded like we threatened to do in 2013 I bet it'd be an even worse disaster.

Crackersmack - 2015-01-18

Non-involvement is the only correct answer because there are no "good guys" in this conflict.

The choice is to either assist literal terrorists that will turn on us as soon as Assad falls (and will be just as bad as Assad to Syrian civilians, if not worse) or help a dictator that gasses towns. Or invade, destabilize, and let the power vacuum be filled by jihadists, ala Libya and Iraq.

EvilHomer - 2015-01-18

Precisely, SolRo! Spot on. We can't fight rival states with terrorists, it just leads to an unending cycle of violence.

Consider Israel. US activists support anti-Israeli terrorists in many different ways, ranging from disseminating propaganda on college campuses and over the internet, to traveling overseas and physically joining in the struggle, all in the hopes that these brave Muslim freedom fighters might finally defeat their oppressors once and for all. But does this ever work? No, of course not. The only thing Palestinian terrorism does is give the Israelis just cause to defend themselves, rightly entrenching the embattled IDF and further escalating the patterns of violence. Moreover, if the aims of these Palestinian terrorists were ever actually to be accomplished, all that would mean is a moderately dysfunctional liberal police state (Israel) would get replaced by a pack of frothingly conservative religious radicals who are far more violent, far less tolerant, and a much bigger threat to both world security and human rights than the "bad guys" they overthrew.

As crackersmack rightly points out: there are no good guys, and the only correct answer is non-involvement.

yogarfield - 2015-01-18

I can't jerk it to this video or this conversation, so I should probably call my doctor.

Hazelnut - 2015-01-18

I happen to agree that non-involvement is the least bad solution. But in that case "they will never learn" is a touch disingenuous: Obama *has* been keeping the US largely non-involved (after nearly plunging into open invasion in 2013 of course) and has gotten a lot of flak for it from McCain, Cheney, Tony Blair etc.

EvilHomer - 2015-01-18

That's because Obama's too busy attacking everywhere else.

Syd Midnight - 2015-01-18

"Maybe if I stick my dick in this bees nest, the bees won't be able to get out"

"No dont, remember what happened the last 10 times you did that?"

"BRB sticking my dick in a bee's nest"

Void 71 - 2015-01-18

We wouldn't have gone into Syria in the first place if the oil industry wasn't preventing us from making cars that run on orgone.

SolRo - 2015-01-18

It probably wouldn't have even gotten to this point if the U.S. stopped funding and propping up any and all 'anti-government' groups in other countries through fronts like USAID.

Baron_Von_Bad_Beaver - 2015-01-19

So solro what should the US do then? Are you mad at America because we don't support the same things Russia does?

SolRo - 2015-01-19

Are you getting indignant because I'm attacking 'Murkas god given right to destabilize countries it doesn't like?

Baron_Von_Bad_Beaver - 2015-01-19

I guess I'm every bit as mad at Russia and it's god given right to support dictatorial regimes that use chemical weapons on its populace and executed soldiers who refused to fire on fellow citizens during the protests.

But hey who am I kidding? Only murrica does fucked up shit.

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