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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamming_Python View Post
    in the Middle East; and out of all of those probably the one who has built the closest thing to a liberal and secular Arab society.
    what about Morocco and Algerie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memoli View Post
    what about Morocco and Algerie?
    Sure them too I guess; but it's North Africa not the Middle East as such; and they are much closer to Europe and liberal influence. I'm talking about the core states from the Sinai to Eastern borders of Iran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medo View Post
    Don't forget, that unser Russian preassure, Assad change Sirian constitution and it was confirmed with referendum, which give multiparty system. Syria now have option to change Assad's regime peacefully on elections, because with new constitution oposition parties are alowed and could be elected to form new government and to have elected new president of Syria. I think it is the best way for Syrians to solve their own problem without foreingners.
    .......... of course, Vlad & Dimitri can teach the Syrians a veritable sh1tload about democracy....no, wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireinthehole View Post
    .......... of course, Vlad & Dimitri can teach the Syrians a veritable sh1tload about democracy....no, wait
    We should instead get Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and all of the other Arab countries criticising Assad to do it instead...

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    >Baath Party
    >liberal and secular Arab society.

    Whatever you say bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by IconOfEvi View Post
    >Baath Party
    Baath Party has its roots as a secular nationalist movement, not a religious one.

    >liberal and secular Arab society.

    Whatever you say bro
    Just look at all the TV reports, especially in Damascus and among Assad's supporters; young women and teenage girls with makeup, no headscarves to be found, etc... cleanly shaved men, etc... It doesn't look all that much different from Israel; and this is the sort of society that is more compatible with Western and Russian cultures than anything you're going to see in the Gulf. But as with Iran in 1979, Afghanistan by the 90s, etc... if you destabilise it or launch it into war then this will all dissappear and be replaced with fanatics and people with poor education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamming_Python View Post
    ...if you destabilise it or launch it into war then this will all dissappear and be replaced with fanatics and people with poor education...
    our NATO colleagues are perfectly aware, don't you think? it occurs to me that it is their intention in the first place. all the infowars and witchhunt for Syrian government is just a reason to pull a blanket onto themselves. seems that wars are becoming a great business for certain peoples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stasi View Post
    our NATO colleagues are perfectly aware, don't you think? it occurs to me that it is their intention in the first place. all the infowars and witchhunt for Syrian government is just a reason to pull a blanket onto themselves. seems that wars are becoming a great business for certain peoples.
    Why off course, that "benevolent" leader massacring the people there had nothing to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootan View Post
    Why off course, that "benevolent" leader massacring the people there had nothing to do with it.
    Its called a civil war. You step in and help the rebels, and then it will be the rebels massacring the people they disagree with. Or do you actually believe that if you help the rebels they will set up a liberal democratic secular government and ally with the West and live happily ever after?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootan View Post
    Why off course, that "benevolent" leader massacring the people there had nothing to do with it.
    Yeah the reaction was pretty hardcore but no more so than the crushing of other protest movements across the Middle East. Or by Uzbekistan in 2005. Actually there are a huge number of examples. By some reports there were snipers among the protestors taking shots, who then retreated in time when the Syrian army came and made the protestors pay as a result. In Northern Ireland there was also a case I think, when British paratroppers fired on protestors and killed a whole lot of them in the 70s. Bottom line is that it's still nowhere near that simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamming_Python View Post
    Yeah the reaction was pretty hardcore but no more so than the crushing of other protest movements across the Middle East. .
    Doesn't seem to be working anymore doesn't it ? Allowing Assad to play for time while he tries to get on top of the rebellions isn't going to work.

    Wholesale culling of protestors isn't working like the good old' days and only brings more instability and other armed groups exploiting power vacuums.

    Booting out the autocrats wont solve anything nor trying to augment their hold on power.

    The problem of Inflation, poverty, corruption, autocrats & general hopelessness in the middle east coming home to roost.

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    So what will be Russia's reaction when Assad's artillery keeps shelling cities?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamming_Python View Post
    Just look at all the TV reports, especially in Damascus and among Assad's supporters; young women and teenage girls with makeup, no headscarves to be found, etc... cleanly shaved men, etc... It doesn't look all that much different from Israel; and this is the sort of society that is more compatible with Western and Russian cultures than anything you're going to see in the Gulf.
    Funny how lipstick and shaven faces is seen as a more important cultural bond than such unimportant stuff like shelling cities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlantic Friend View Post
    So what will be Russia's reaction when Assad's artillery keeps shelling cities?
    More stern finger wagging and maybe even stopping an arms freighter or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atlantic Friend View Post
    Funny how lipstick and shaven faces is seen as a more important cultural bond than such unimportant stuff like shelling cities...
    And what will the Wests reaction be when the overthrow/expel the government and the rebels institute Islamic law and start stoning men for not having beards and women for revealing their faces? I guess nothing, because by then the media will have found something else to focus on and Syria will be long forgotten. How much did the Western media cover the burning of churches and the desecration of Orthodox graveyards in Kosovo after 1999? How much did the media cover the revenge killings and other bloodshed in Libya after Gadaffi was otherthrown?

    Shelling cities is bad, but the alternative is what? Letting a very well financed and supported from abroad Islamist insurgency spread across the country? When Chechen terrorists like Basayev and Umarov in 1999 were in Grozny with thousands of followedrs, you would have suggested what exactly? For Russia to invite them for a nice conversation about democracy and the rule of law? Told them to kindly stop their campaign of kidnappings, terror, insurgency, and bombings? Im sure that would have worked great.

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