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Syrian casualties vs US interests

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Submitted by Yosef (United States), Jun 14, 2012 at 15:23

Syrian casualties, unless from WMD, are not a reason for US involvement. I view US the major interests as eliminating the WMD stockpiles and Russian and Iranian naval and other bases in Syria. And in theory (it seems idealistic) promoting dialog and peace between the new Syrian regime and Israel. Minor US interests are securing protection for Christians and Druze (the main minorities that are more friendly to the US), freeing markets, weakening Islamic and Islamist idendity,promoting typical civil rights, and defanging the powerful Syrian military by destroying or at least degrading operational capabilities of advanced missles, radars and other assets as well as helping their skilled operators defect, hopefully with practical intelligence info. Then encouraging regional trouble makers and US international aid $ parasites (eg historically "Southern Syrians" mistakenly called "Palestinians") to head north to their ancestral homeland in the new Syria.

Typically Arab/Muslim societies cycle between internal strife/insurgency and seemingly stable repressive dictatorships who make their people idolize the leaders. Its just Syria's turn in this cycle of change now.

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