9614. Trillium - 8/27/2013 10:48:52 PM
I don't know what to make of the Syria mess. I'm not ready to turn Mennonite, but it does seem that war is inevitably a path of atrocities, more or less, no matter who's involved. It just ends up that way.
One article on this topic had an interesting comment from a man who opposes intervention. He said that we aren't qualified to intervene in the Middle East, just as he isn't qualified to do brain surgery, and it doesn't matter what the situation is. We should just leave it alone.
Again, I don't trust any of the news sources on this fiasco, and I feel sick to my stomach for anyone caught in the Syrian war zone because they can't escape... or stuck in refugee camps. A few years ago a friend's son did an internship for Al Jazeera in Syria; it all seemed stable then. I wish I could hear from the former intern about what he thinks of all this. I'd like to hear from people who live there (or lived there) more than our politicians' pronouncements about morality. It all seems immoral, every which way, and since when do politicians actually care about morality? it's manipulation.
9615. bhelpuri - 8/28/2013 7:16:55 AM
The bombing of Syria is another criminal fiasco-in-the-making despite everything we know about Alawite stubborness. America is carefully setting itself up for yet another generation of meaningless warfare, and knows it.
9616. judithathome - 8/28/2013 5:02:36 PM
I'm not sure ALL of America knows it, at least not the segment that seems to be voting people like Ted Cruz into office.
But I fear you are correct....one step toward war with Iran is not the best way way to walk, big stick or not.
9617. iiibbb - 8/28/2013 8:41:09 PM
I wonder if I'll live to see peace in the Middle East.
I am certain most of the powerless are good people just trying to make a life. But, it is very hard for me to feel like the people who hold power there are dedicated to the prospect of peace or have any love for their own people.
It is very hard to believe that any side we choose would ever be an true friend or ally to the US.
9618. Wombat - 8/28/2013 10:33:24 PM
I suspect that if there is military action, it will be some missile strikes at various uncontroversial targets with no follow-up. Hopefully, there will be little blowback. The both sides can get on with killing each other through--hopefully--conventional means. Frankly, if the French are so eager to avenge the "atrocity," let them take the lead.
9619. Trillium - 8/30/2013 7:48:11 AM
Thank you Britain for voting down further entanglement with The Syrian civil war.
Now if US leadership will please respect the constitution and allow congress here to turn away from this disaster also...?
9620. ricknelson - 8/30/2013 2:02:52 PM
The US appears willing to go alone against Syria.
At this point I've not seen incontrovertible proof Assad was behind the gas attack.
However, I have seen compelling evidence the rebels were responsible.
Shoebat as source does not instill confidence, but it does create clear doubt that Assad is responsible.
9621. arkymalarky - 8/30/2013 10:43:05 PM
9622. arkymalarky - 8/30/2013 10:46:01 PM
Surely Wombat is right about the likely extent of US response.
9623. alistairconnor - 2/11/2014 12:45:18 PM
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched their news/investigation site (funded by eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, and his organisation Firstlook Media)
Welcome to The Intercept
The Intercept has a two-fold mission: one short-term, the other long-term.
Our short-term mission is limited but critically important: to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures provided to us by our source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We decided to launch now because we believe we have a vital and urgent obligation to this story, to these documents, and to the public.
Over the past seven months the journalists who have reported on these documents from the National Security Agency have been repeatedly threatened by a wide range of government officials. Sometimes, the intimidation campaign has gone beyond mere threats. These attempted intimidation tactics have intensified in recent weeks and have become clearly more concerted and coordinated.
None of this will deter the journalism we are doing. A primary function of The Intercept is to insist upon and defend our press freedoms from those who wish to infringe them. We are determined to move forward with what we believe is essential reporting in the public interest and with a commitment to the ideal that a truly free and independent press is a vital component of any healthy democratic society.
Our first two news articles at The Intercept are now published. The first, by Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald, documents the NSA’s use of highly unreliable methods to target individuals around the world for assassinations by drone, resulting in the deaths of innocent people. It relies upon a new well-placed source, as well as new NSA documents from the Snowden archive, to tell the story.
9624. Trillium - 2/17/2014 2:16:55 AM
A friend who grew up in Venezuela sent this to me and asked that it be shared as widely as possible. I'm not usually quick to fall into line for those sorts of requests, but this one moved me:
what's going on in Venezuela
9625. Wombat - 2/17/2014 6:58:39 AM
Ah, life in the socialist paradise that is post-Chavez Venezuela. Right Bhelpuri?
9626. bhelpuri - 2/17/2014 7:42:22 PM
CIA dirty tricks, obviously. #YanquiMischief
9627. bhelpuri - 2/17/2014 7:42:26 PM
CIA dirty tricks, obviously. #YanquiMischief
9628. Wombat - 2/17/2014 8:09:49 PM
Of course. #NoMoreColdWar
9629. arkymalarky - 3/5/2014 1:09:09 AM
Wow. Republicans admiring Putin? Now we see what type of qualities they value in a leader. Scary. Certainly wouldn't want them ever to have the chance to have the leadership in the US again if that's how they think good leaders should behave. Better red....
9630. judithathome - 3/5/2014 1:40:19 AM
I know...it's deplorable.
9631. alistairconnor - 3/6/2014 1:29:30 AM
Sorry. I couldn't resist this one.
9632. Trillium - 3/6/2014 4:17:23 AM
Argggh. Okay, I laughed.
9633. judithathome - 3/7/2014 12:14:51 AM
As did we all, I'm sure.
Unfortunately...it's not a laughing matter.