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Turkey Strikes Targets In Syria Aft. Mortar Attack  
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3300 times:

Quote:
(Reuters) - Turkey's military struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said in a statement.

Not good, not good at all... hopefully this won't turn into an international war, the Syrian civil war is more than bad enough.


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Well, a war is never good, but I wouldn't mind if Turkey downed a few Syrian planes and helicopters.


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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7095 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Syrian targets? As in the Syrian army not the rebels?

I think what is going on in Syria is horrible and something needs to be done at some point. Maybe other nations can put some pressure on. It shouldn't always be left to the U.S.

I agree an all out war would be a bad thing. At the same time how much force does Syria have? Any good estimates in how well they could defend themselves against a country like turkey?



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10864 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
I wouldn't mind if Turkey downed a few Syrian planes and helicopters.
Quoting flymia (Reply 2):
Syrian targets? As in the Syrian army not the rebels?

How do we know it wasn't the Western supported "rebels" who fired the mortars into 6urkey to start a larger conflict after being almost totally defeated in Syria... which in my mind makes more sense.

I wonder how this will escalate.

      Wow!



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 2):
Syrian targets? As in the Syrian army not the rebels?

I suppose so, based on this quote from the same statement made by Erdogan:

"Turkey will never leave unanswered such kinds of provocation by the Syrian regime against our national security." (from the same source)

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
Western supported "rebels"

Western-supported? I'm under the impression that this is a highly convoluted Shia vs Sunni and Old Guard vs New Radicals conflict.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10864 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Don’t Interfere in Syria; Russia warns

MOSCOW- Russia warned NATO and other World & International powers that they should not intervene in Syria, or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.

Russia urged Tuesday the West not to "search for pretexts" in order to conduct direct operations in Syria while also calling on Damascus and Ankara to exercise restraint along their flashpoint border.

read more:
http://www.dp-news.com/en/detail.aspx?articleid=132282

        



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User currently offlinecasinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4432 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How do we know it wasn't the Western supported "rebels" who fired the mortars into 6urkey to start a larger conflict after being almost totally defeated in Syria... which in my mind makes more sense.

I wonder how this will escalate.

All the reports I have read indicate that Syria has been trying to regain the border crossings that the rebels have seized. The fact that Syria has missed quite a few times over the last few months has not gone unnoticed in Turkey, The latest incident was a bit too much for Turkey and they targeted the morter sites.
Sure there will be some confusion, but I am thinking Turkey knows who they are firing at. I think Syria has some serious issues to contend with(I know...understatement) that are spilling into neighboring countries and at this point, I wonder how long until the UN decides on a resolution for action.

Quoting flymia (Reply 2):
Any good estimates in how well they could defend themselves against a country like turkey?

Based on how well they aim at border targers, I would imagine they would be in deep trouble. Their Air Force and Army, although formidable for the region, would not stand a chance against Turkey.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7138 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3227 times:

Quoting aloges (Thread starter):
Not good, not good at all... hopefully this won't turn into an international war, the Syrian civil war is more than bad enough.

Not good? About time someone gets in there and shuts everything down.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
but I wouldn't mind if Turkey downed a few Syrian planes and helicopters.

Yeah my point exactly. Everyone is just sitting around while the war spreads outside of Syria. That's not a good idea.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
Not good? About time someone gets in there and shuts everything down.

That's never gone wrong...   

The problem is, IMHO, that any noteworthy NATO involvement would be seen as Western imperialism by many in Syria - and not without reason. And with Assad being Russia's last ally in the region, they aren't too keen on Western involvement, either.

Quoting casinterest (Reply 6):
I wonder how long until the UN decides on a resolution for action.

Not a chance, I'm afraid - Russia would veto it, the reason being this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 8):
Not a chance, I'm afraid - Russia would veto it, the reason being this:

I agree. Russia's ability to use the naval base at Tartus being a large reason.

Hmmm....Turkish forces going after PKK targets in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan,now going after Syrian targets. Does this mark the return of the Ottoman Empire ?  Wow!

Used to work with a Turkish colleague. He referred to the Ottoman Empire as "the good old days".



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How do we know it wasn't the Western supported "rebels" who fired the mortars into 6urkey to start a larger conflict after being almost totally defeated in Syria... which in my mind makes more sense.

We don't. And Turkey certainly supports the rebels.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Don’t Interfere in Syria; Russia warns

But let us bring more helicopters and bombs there.



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User currently offlinePowerslide From Canada, joined Oct 2010, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 7):
Not good? About time someone gets in there and shuts everything down.

If they want to kill each other over their own religious quarrels, why should we stop them? It's not like one side has a huge advantage over the other, let them slowly destroy their own country.


User currently onlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3416 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3140 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How do we know it wasn't the Western supported "rebels" who fired the mortars into 6urkey to start a larger conflict after being almost totally defeated in Syria... which in my mind makes more sense

I am sure they could pinpoint where those mortars where fired from.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 1):
but I wouldn't mind if Turkey downed a few Syrian planes and helicopters.

Why? I want the Syrian army to be in a strong position so nobody can creep on the revolution like what happened in Egypt.



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15694 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3130 times:

Quoting Powerslide (Reply 11):
If they want to kill each other over their own religious quarrels, why should we stop them?

We shouldn't. What we should be doing is counting cash from selling them the weapons to do it with.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8669 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 9):
Used to work with a Turkish colleague. He referred to the Ottoman Empire as "the good old days".

Well, that sort of statement seems to be common in all countries that used to rule empires. The British still haven't got over the loss of theirs...   

Quoting Aesma (Reply 10):
But let us bring more helicopters and bombs there.

It is a double-tongued statement, but sadly I can't say I'd expect anything less than strong support for the dictator Assad from the autocrat Putin.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 13):
What we should be doing is counting cash from selling them the weapons to do it with.

How on earth did you become so cynical before you're even allowed to drink?  Wow!

[Edited 2012-10-03 16:15:47]


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User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 9):
Quoting aloges (Reply 8):
Not a chance, I'm afraid - Russia would veto it, the reason being this:

I agree. Russia's ability to use the naval base at Tartus being a large reason.

That naval base has not even been used in months. Russians don't need this naval base for their 'global ambitions', because Russians don't have global ambitions. The Russians have one ambition, and that is to rape, pillage and plunder the country (Syria) for as much money as they can get right now. It's a cleptocracy. The old soviet model isn't quite the right one. People try to apply this old prism.

The reason why Russia, and China, continue/d to block UN resolutions is because they think it justifies and enhances (US.) America's sphere of influence all over the world, just as it did in Libya. The Russians and the Chinese believe, they do not want established a principle of international law, the idea that if you oppress your people, outside countries can come and send armies to depose you. It is not difficult to understand why.

If there were a protest in Moscow, once such a precedence has been set, this could be brought to the UN security council and a resolution could or would have to be brought on its way.

But the above aside. Imagine the Russians and the Chinese would do everything ''the West'' is saying and signed under the security council resolution. Then what? The world cavalry would charge in and bring order where chaos exists?

This is a pretty difficult situation. Libya is ten times the size of Syria, with one third the population which meant that the rebels had a lot of space to hide. They were able to take over one third of the country, they were able to take over Benghazi from there they could be resupplied. Syria is a very small country, very many people and a very strong army. To make matters worse: The ''opposition'' isn't even a homogenous group of people, but in itself heavily fragmented and no one knows at this point who is where and fighting how since when for what.

The Syrian rebels have not been able to hold a city for more than a day or two. Intervening in Syria would require very significant force - because the conflict is just not a left against right. The military option is less attractive than it was in Iraq. It is not clear it would succeed without enormous military intervention and because of the many conflicting interests, no one really knows where to start.

40% of Syria is minorities - Kurds, Alawites, Christians (Hizbollah on the other side).. and it doesn't appear that they have joined the opposition. The conflict right now appears to be Sunnits against Alawites. The problem is if you get involved in that, you're getting involved sectarian, regional conflict and then you could end up getting into a situation like Iraq, where when one side ends, the other side gets screwed. And then that produces its own dynamic which was the insurgency in Iraq. It is just not clear if a difference could be made effectively which is what you need to be able to do in a military operation.

You have Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the rebel forces on the one, the Assad regime, Hizbollah and Iran on the other hand. Besides this being a domestic conflict, this is a full blown proxy war. Which makes intervention even more difficult.

Personally, I don't think there's hope for Syria. Too many vested interests. Maybe Syria can be stabilized, but this will not be something that can be a. achieved overnight or b. through external forces. There is no clear solution to this conflict and one can understand why the people there tolerated their dictator for such a long time. They may not have had freedoms, but they at least had security. For the foreseeable future, they won't have either and on top of that, they'll have terrorists that - for those who don't know - come from the other side of Islam and have so far been kept out of Syria by the Assad regime.

There are many proposals of what could be done (intervening, arrest Assad, closing the borders, using NATO forces to secure the country, bringing controlled elections and an independent government on its way, etc.) but most of these steps would take a lot of time, a lot of ressources and could cost a lot of lives.. and as shown in Iraq, there's no guarantee this would actually work.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7138 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
Well, that sort of statement seems to be common in all countries that used to rule empires. The British still haven't got over the loss of theirs...

That statement would also send my Armenian friend fuming   



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 12):
Why? I want the Syrian army to be in a strong position so nobody can creep on the revolution like what happened in Egypt.

But currently that army is leveling the country, including its economic capital, killing indiscriminately and destroying historical landmarks. I don't see what is being achieved, aside from the fact that there is no coming back for Assad and this regime.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10864 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2943 times:

The Turkish parliament has voted more Turkish attacks on Syria by a large majority.

Turkey's parliament authorises military action in Syria

Turkey's parliament has authorised troops to launch cross-border action against Syria, following Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town.

The bill, passed by 320 to 129, also permits strikes against Syrian targets.

But Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay insisted this was a deterrent and not a mandate for war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19830928

     



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7787 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2919 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 18):

I know you are generally anti-war, and so am I, and I am not well versed enough in this issue to make an assumption on anything, but not ALL military action is bad. If the Syrian army really is causing problems and the deaths of Turkish civilians, it's Turkey's right (and responsibility) to protect its citizens.

Again, not saying they're handling this the best way (I don't know) but they may very well have justification



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8021 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2914 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
How do we know it wasn't the Western supported "rebels" who fired the mortars into 6urkey to start a larger conflict after being almost totally defeated in Syria... which in my mind makes more sense.

Where do you get this stuff from???



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User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12284 posts, RR: 47
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2902 times:
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Quoting casinterest (Reply 6):
I wonder how long until the UN decides on a resolution for action.

There's only barrier there. Unfortunately its Russia's veto at the Security Council.



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User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting scbriml (Reply 21):
Quoting casinterest (Reply 6):
I wonder how long until the UN decides on a resolution for action.

There's only barrier there. Unfortunately its Russia's veto at the Security Council.

And China's and the fact that no one knows how to ''take action''.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 19):
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 18):

I know you are generally anti-war, and so am I, and I am not well versed enough in this issue to make an assumption on anything, but not ALL military action is bad. If the Syrian army really is causing problems and the deaths of Turkish civilians, it's Turkey's right (and responsibility) to protect its citizens.

Again, not saying they're handling this the best way (I don't know) but they may very well have justification

The situation is - as always - a lot more complex. There's been an on-going civil war in Turkey for many years now against the Turkish Kurds. The Syrian Kurds, in a very oversimplified explanation, is what Turkey is interested in. They have also got military in Iraq against Iraqi Kurds. Turkey will not launch a war against Syria. They will only try to prevent a movement/rebellion for the re-establishment of an independent Kurdistan.

So while it may appear to the uninformed spectator that Syria is full of evil tyrants that the innocent, good people are trying to topple - the conflict in Syria are actually 7-8 separate conflicts. Turkey isn't an ally of the west that wants to help depose the evil tyrant and bring the Syrians to freedom, Turkey is just fighting their own little battle among many almost entirely independent battles in Syria.

Turkey is a messed up country and it's ridiculous that they apply for EU membership. They may claim to be a secular country on paper, but in reality you don't evem have the same legal rights if you belong to another religion.

People who don't understand the region, and I would include myself in that group, should stop calling for military action because there is simply no starting point in this. And they should also stop blaming Russia or the Chinese for everything. The truth is.. there is just no solution to this issue. If ''the West'' wants to avoid another Iraq, then they need to stay the f out of there and offer help (asylum, medical aid, etc.) to those who need it.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Quoting something (Reply 22):
People who don't understand the region, and I would include myself in that group,

If you admit you don't understand the country, why are you offering opinions about it's policies/possible actions ?

I am not sure I would characterize Turkey as being messed up. Yes, there is a long-standing slow civil war in the east w.r.t. the Kurdish minority. In some cases not so slow. I don't think the Armenians in the NE are all that restive, particularly after the recent earthquakes, they've got too much on their hands.

I think you're probably right in saying Turkey's interest in Syria is more to do with securing the Syrian Kurds, so that there will be no coalescing of Turkish, Iraqi, and Syrian Kurds into a true Kurdistan. But I think that, realistically, Northern Iraq is already Kurdistan, in everything except name. They have the oil revenue, their own money, their own army, modest though it may be, direct air service into Germany, limited diplomatic representation in a couple of Eurozone capitals, and so on. Rather than agitate for a "Kurdistan", Turkish and Syrian Kurds are likely better advised to move to Northern Iraq.



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User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 23):
Quoting something (Reply 22):
People who don't understand the region, and I would include myself in that group,

If you admit you don't understand the country, why are you offering opinions about it's policies/possible actions ?

The only opinion I have offered is to stay out of Syria. Maybe also that Turkey is not going to launch a war against Syria. Everything else weren't personal opinions but objective facts.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 23):
But I think that, realistically, Northern Iraq is already Kurdistan, in everything except name.

It is and the Iraqi gov't has recently urged the Turk military to leave the country. Even more reason for Turkey to have a tight grip on the Syrian kurds.

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 23):
Rather than agitate for a "Kurdistan", Turkish and Syrian Kurds are likely better advised to move to Northern Iraq.

Logically yes, but they believe the land they live on is historically theirs so they want to claim it as such. This ''self deportation'' never really works.



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User currently offlinevirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Don’t Interfere in Syria; Russia warns

And this is the same Russia that went to war with Georgia in 2008 and did the exact things its telling everyone not to do with Syria........Riiiiiiight!

One rule for Russia, and another for the rest of us!


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 26, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Quoting virgin744 (Reply 25):
One rule for Russia, and another for the rest of us!

Something the US of course can't be accused of.



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User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5124 posts, RR: 34
Reply 27, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Quoting virgin744 (Reply 25):
And this is the same Russia that went to war with Georgia in 2008 and did the exact things its telling everyone not to do with Syria........Riiiiiiight!

One rule for Russia, and another for the rest of us!

do you really believe it's all about helping out the poor Syrian people?

It's far more complicated than that. In reality it's all about politics and who has influence over who. Syria is a Russian ally, so the last thing Russia wants is the government being overthrown by a US backed opposition, who will then take power and be sympathetic to the US. The US on the other hand, wants more influence in the Middle East, so sees Syria as a key battleground to expand influence while reducing Russia's influence in the region.

Both Russia and the US also want to stop anyone else rising in power that could threaten the two of them. There are a lot of Muslims who wish to see all the various countries in the region unite and form a single Muslim state. This state would have a lot of power and influence, and would challenge both the US and Russia's position in the world. As such both wish to prevent this from happening. You think Iraq was a complete mess? In reality the current civil war there worked out perfect for US/Russia, it sets the country back many years and stops them growing stronger in the region, while unsettling the neighbours. Gaddaffi was a strong proponent of Muslim states uniting and working closer together - no surprise then that he was overthrown as soon as there was an excuse to do so.

Think of all the other countries across the world were the people are being repressed and fighting against the government, yet the US/Russia don't even bat an eye lid. Why? Because the countries are of no strategic importance.

You call it double standards? I call it global politics.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7787 posts, RR: 52
Reply 28, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

Quoting virgin744 (Reply 25):
And this is the same Russia that went to war with Georgia in 2008 and did the exact things its telling everyone not to do with Syria........Riiiiiiight!

One rule for Russia, and another for the rest of us!

So you think the US would/should sit back if Russia was messing with/supporting an overthrow of Israel? It's very easy to see why Russia is pissed



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7138 posts, RR: 17
Reply 29, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 28):
So you think the US would/should sit back if Russia was messing with/supporting an overthrow of Israel? It's very easy to see why Russia is pissed

Russia can't do anything to us anyway. Their military may sound strong, but in reality, after the USSR fragmented, they're weak.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7787 posts, RR: 52
Reply 30, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 29):
Russia can't do anything to us anyway. Their military may sound strong, but in reality, after the USSR fragmented, they're weak.

I don't think we'd ever fight them, it's just a big game of chicken honestly. I think the worst they can do (which works pretty well) is arm our enemies, that is bad enough



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19300 posts, RR: 58
Reply 31, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 30):
I don't think we'd ever fight them, it's just a big game of chicken honestly. I think the worst they can do (which works pretty well) is arm our enemies, that is bad enough

Yes, and they have some scary stuff. You don't need to build a nuclear bomb to put radioactive materials in a conventional bomb and set it off in the middle of Times Square, thus condemning the entire island of Manhattan for the next 10,000 years.

And then there's anthrax...and possibly smallpox.

The days of major industrial and economic superpowers duking it out in a conventional military campaign are probably over. Future attacks against the USA will take the form of terrorist and/or guerilla attacks. Nobody would be foolish enough to try to send ships and troops against us.


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Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Why do Americans always think the rest of the world cares about them? Like anybody's seriously sitting in Russia, wanting to take over the world. Countries compete for ressources, for new markets, for new workers. That is it. In fact, recent history would suggest that the USA are not only the most aggressive, but indeed the only global superpower that uses its military force to export American interests abroad. Of course this isn't a good sales pitch to justify the existence of the biggest employer in the world, that is the US army.

The rest of the world doesn't care about the USA. They're just another country that people have friends or family in, that people like to visit, that people want to study in, a country that makes a lot of good products. But also a country whose mentality, politics, laws many disagree with. Personally, I find the USA's stance on pollution intolerable as well as inexcuseable. But how much of my time do those thoughts and considerations occupy? Not much more than the average American thinks about Argentinian steak..



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19300 posts, RR: 58
Reply 33, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

Quoting something (Reply 32):
Why do Americans always think the rest of the world cares about them?

Because our military expenditures are larger than the rest of the world's combined and we have a tendency to invade countries who cheese us off.

Because we have the single largest GDP of any country in the world. Only the EU has a larger GDP, except the EU isn't a country.

Quoting something (Reply 32):

The rest of the world doesn't care about the USA.

They why did someone fly two planes into the WTC? Because they hated Andorra?


User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 34, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
Because our military expenditures are larger than the rest of the world's combined and we have a tendency to invade countries who cheese us off.

I don't understand if you're saying this is a good thing or not.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
Because we have the single largest GDP of any country in the world. Only the EU has a larger GDP, except the EU isn't a country.

Yes and China is the most populous country on earth. But is there any other government that wants to attack China or invade it? They're economically important, but at the end of the day cross the minds of people not more often than you think about Canada.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
They why did someone fly two planes into the WTC? Because they hated Andorra?

Terrorist attacks have also occurred in Madrid, London, etc. This isn't exclusive to the USA. If you said there are groups of people/weirdos that do care about being personally affected by US/EU foreign policies, then that is obviously true. But the US as a country itself is unknown/irrelevant to most.

Again.. how often do you concern yourself with Brazil? That's exactly how the average person abroad feels about the USA.



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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 31):
Yes, and they have some scary stuff. You don't need to build a nuclear bomb to put radioactive materials in a conventional bomb and set it off in the middle of Times Square, thus condemning the entire island of Manhattan for the next 10,000 years.

Not really (10k years, that is). The whole notion of a dirty bomb is terrorism, nothing more. The radiological footprint will be pretty limited.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 31):
The days of major industrial and economic superpowers duking it out in a conventional military campaign are probably over. Future attacks against the USA will take the form of terrorist and/or guerilla attacks. Nobody would be foolish enough to try to send ships and troops against us.

Most future wars will be either a) asymmetric, as in Israel-Hezbollah/Hamas, or b) cyberwarfare. 2nd-tier powers like Turkey, for example, may actually use the kit they have to enforce their policies.

Quoting something (Reply 32):
In fact, recent history would suggest that the USA are not only the most aggressive, but indeed the only global superpower that uses its military force to export American interests abroad.

Quite. Grenada was such a threat.

Quoting something (Reply 32):
The rest of the world doesn't care about the USA. They're just another country that people have friends or family in, that people like to visit, that people want to study in, a country that makes a lot of good products. But also a country whose mentality, politics, laws many disagree with.

I think the ROTW has concluded that America is just another country, not particularly special, except for the inordinate amount of resources poured into its' "defense" (aggression) industry.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
Because our military expenditures are larger than the rest of the world's combined and we have a tendency to invade countries who cheese us off.

See above re Grenada. If America's defense resources were properly used, you would have invaded Mexico, not Iraq. Course, America has torched Mexico several times already.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
Quoting something (Reply 32):

The rest of the world doesn't care about the USA.

They why did someone fly two planes into the WTC? Because they hated Andorra?

Terrorism isn't peculiar to the USA. Another instance of America not being special. Western Europe has a long, long experience of terrorism.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 36, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

I think Turkey should have practicsed restraint.

[Edited 2012-10-06 09:10:53]

User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7787 posts, RR: 52
Reply 37, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Quoting something (Reply 34):

And although I get where you are going, I do disagree about the part where terrorists don't think about America more. They don't think about our citizens more because we are a super power or have the largest GDP or anything, but they do target America more because of our government's actions. You mentioned the bombings in Spain and Madrid, but if you read the reasons for the bomb, it was because of those governments' involvement in the wars which were lead by America

[Edited 2012-10-06 10:15:23]


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7138 posts, RR: 17
Reply 38, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 36):
I think Turkey should have practicsed restraint.

And let more mortar attacks happen?


here's the problem with restraint- there's only so much that can happen before nations need to take actions and teach the lesson that the kind of behavior they're doing is unacceptable.



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2370 posts, RR: 21
Reply 39, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Don’t Interfere in Syria; Russia warns

Honestly, who cares about what Russia thinks? It's a corrupt country with a weak economy and the population is not even half the size of the US. They just want to mess around with the West to show how "powerful" they are (while looking ridiculous to everyone else)


User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 40, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2418 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 38):
Quoting 777way (Reply 36):
I think Turkey should have practicsed restraint.

And let more mortar attacks happen?

Not necessarily.


User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 41, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

It's remarkable that the only thread discussing Syria on the front page here has been dead for 4 days.

Meanwhile, Russia is now officially in the mix as Turkey seems intent on dragging NATO to war.

Hello?


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 42, posted (1 year 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

There is talk on the thread about the intercepted A320.


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User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 43, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 42):

There is talk on the thread about the intercepted A320.

War talk will not last long there.

Meanwhile, while we all are bored with the situation...

Syria activists say jihadis seize missile base

BEIRUT (AP) — A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defense base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

Videos posted online Friday said to have been shot inside the base said the extremist group, Jabhat al-Nusra, participated in the overnight battle for the air defense base near the village of al-Taaneh, east of Aleppo in northern Syria. The videos show dozens of fighters inside the base near a radar tower, along with rows of large missiles, some on the backs of trucks.


Now we introduce the real possibility of Al Qaeda having access to large missiles. This highlights the difficulty of these wars - damned if you do and damned if you don't. We do not need another Egypt or Libya.

[Edited 2012-10-12 09:12:12]

User currently offlinepvjin From Finland, joined Mar 2012, 1164 posts, RR: 3
Reply 44, posted (1 year 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 39):
Honestly, who cares about what Russia thinks? It's a corrupt country with a weak economy and the population is not even half the size of the US. They just want to mess around with the West to show how "powerful" they are (while looking ridiculous to everyone else)

True. Sometimes I wish Soviet Union still existed... At least it had some good sided too unlike capitalist Russia where pretty much everything has gone only worse. Soviet government also didn't even pretend to be democratic government like Russian one do.



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7138 posts, RR: 17
Reply 45, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 30):
I don't think we'd ever fight them, it's just a big game of chicken honestly.

Ah yes, Cold war    Honestly, it's a huge case of diplomatic charading. People need to learn to accept certain things as differences.....as long as the differences aren't dehumanizing.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 33):
Because our military expenditures are larger than the rest of the world's combined and we have a tendency to invade countries who cheese us off.

That, and a number of government around the world rely on us and pay us for defense and protection.

Quoting pvjin (Reply 44):
Sometimes I wish Soviet Union still existed

And have dissent and political discourse squashed by the gulags. Yep, miss that too  



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 46, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 45):
And have dissent and political discourse squashed by the gulags. Yep, miss that too

Now they just get sent to radioactive prisons or shot or polonium poisoned, or just beat up when lucky.



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