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Reader comment on item: Arguing against "Limited" Strikes on the Assad Regime

Submitted by Soloview (Canada), Aug 28, 2013 at 11:30

One almost feels like nodding to the Russian vice-premier complaining about a monkey with a hand grenade. Of the serial stupidities by the US and the allied Europan s**t disturbers in the Middle East the "mild/limited/definitely-not-regime-toppling" punitive attack on Assad promises to be a crowning achievement. There is absolutely no reason to harrass Assad now, except to degrade his infrastructure so that the ragtag al-Qaeda-dominated horde can wreak more mayhem in Syria.

No one but the most naive take the assurances of the administration the chemical attack was guaranteed to be the work of Assad's forces seriously. For one, there is the almost Soviet-like dumb lying about the rebels not possessing chemical weapons. If one can't remember what the UN inspectors were reporting this spring one only has to google "Syrian rebels chemical weapons" to be reminded. If rt-news seems to be rooting for the other horse, one only needs to assure oneself the chemical cpabaility of Jabhat al-Nusra is strongly suspected also by Carla del Ponte and Walid Shoebat who certainly do not qualify as Assad bullhorns. But even if Assad did this (and he is certainly capable of it) the smart thing would have been to make sure that one reads the plans he, or his big brother in Tehran, are hatching.

Before sending John Kerry to the lectern to scare Americans with what looks like a sincere promise of wasting their money on another self-defeating quasi-military adventure that would ratchet the federal deficit up another few trillion, we need to understand what's going on. Noone else is scared of John Kerry, nor the American military which these days it seems can only fight enemies called "sexism", "homophobia" and "PTSD".

What if Rouhani does want to engage the US military in a limited way, denying it retreat without a loss of face. What if this is a test of US will to resist nuclear Iran ? He certainly could afford such a test. He does have the high card in a dark, anonymous, stateless force called "Hezbollah", which cannot be defeated because to do that, one would have to put the kid gloves away. The Americans have had thirty years to figure that out. They haven't yet. They may be be retreating from Eastern Mediterranean the way they were from Beirut in 1983. Tails between their legs.

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