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    Default "Trigger warning" chemical attack on syrian people

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-...mical-attacks/


    oh my god....has anyone watched/read this???!!

    what the hell is going on there!!! How could a government do this to its own people??? Those poor children...those images will haunt me forever!
    why isnt there more media coverage over this...i hope the UN does something to help..

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    It's too horrible to comprehend. A government has used chemical weapons on their own people. On any people is horrific but somehow it's more shocking and callous when it's undertaken by a government on it's own people because we believe that a government is there to serve and protect the people of the country.

    Sadly I think we have become somewhat numb to violence in the middle east. There is so much conflict in that part of the world, who knows if there will ever be peace and liberty for the people? It's such a mess.

    I've just read a little background into the Syrian Civil War. In case anyone's interested I've pasted a brief version of the wikipedia page for some background.

    The Syrian civil war...is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict began on 15 March 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. These demonstrations were part of the wider Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party rule since 1964.

    In April 2011, the Syrian Army was deployed to quell the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of military sieges,the protests evolved into an armed rebellion. Opposition forces, mainly composed of defected soldiers and civilian volunteers, remain without central leadership. The conflict is asymmetrical, with clashes taking place in many towns and cities across the country.
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    Late 2011 marked growing influence of the Islamist group Jabhat al-Nusra within the opposition forces, and in 2013 Hezbollah entered the war in support of the Syrian army. The regime is further upheld by support from Russia and Iran, while Qatar, Saudi Arabia transfer weapons to the rebels. By summer 2013 the government's offensive had slowed in the country's north, while gained in the south. By July 2013, the Syrian government controls approximately 30–40 percent of the country's territory and 60 percent of the Syrian population. The insurgency controls large swaths of territory in the country's north and east.

    In June 2013, the death toll surpassed 100,000 according to the United Nations.

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    No media coverage yet the Boston marathon bomber is all over the news for days.

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    Quite a good article on *gasp* news.com.au today that gives a summary of the history and situation.

    http://www.news.com.au/world-news/si...-1226705155146

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    No media coverage yet the Boston marathon bomber is all over the news for days.
    I'm seeing it on the news all the time... Latest story John Kerry (uS) threatening action and the UK is threatening action even without a UN sanction (which will probably draw Russia and Iran into the conflict... Those poor Syrian kids but God help us if that happens).

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    Sky news is following it rand updating regularly. Uk has recalled parliament and wants to intervene with air strikes and USA has already been quite clear that it wants to get involved. France os also 'ready to go'. Syria has said that it will defend itself 'by any means necessary' and Russia and china are expected to block any movements to get it ratified through the UN
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    Sad that its been going for more than 2 years and only now the international community is getting involved.

    The main reason I believe this is the case is 1) the majority of the western world doesn't give a toss about Arabs killing each other and 2) especially when those Arabs don't have any oil ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    Sad that its been going for more than 2 years and only now the international community is getting involved.

    The main reason I believe this is the case is 1) the majority of the western world doesn't give a toss about Arabs killing each other and 2) especially when those Arabs don't have any oil ...
    Not true at all. We haven't gotten involved because we're already involved in two other wars and we were trying to avoid another. Also, Iran and Russia had been saying they wouldn't allow it so intervening meant a possible war against the two of them, which I think none of us wanted. Russia is still saying this, I haven't heard Iran say anything, they seem to be quieter after their last election.

    I never really agreed with that stance but I completely understand trying to avoid another war. As we speak, the US is positioning ships within striking distance but they have said 'no boots on ground' meaning we won't send troops in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    Sad that its been going for more than 2 years and only now the international community is getting involved.

    The main reason I believe this is the case is 1) the majority of the western world doesn't give a toss about Arabs killing each other and 2) especially when those Arabs don't have any oil ...
    Yup, I think you're right. Unless you've got oil no one's really interested. It didn't take long for the world to react when Iraq invaded Kuwait because Kuwait has oil. The only reason the regime in Saudi Arabia is tolerated is because it has so much oil. No one took as interest when Somalia or The Congo had/have their civil wars.


 

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