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September 14, 2013
The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security of people everywhere. We have a duty to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons for our children. Today marks an important step towards achieving this goal.
President Obama, in a statement on the deal between the U.S. and the Russian government to destroy chemical weapons in Syria—a deal which sets a mid-2014 deadline to do so, allowing UN penalties to be imposed if Syria doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Props to Kerry.
15:12 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2013

sturtlovinggood says: Syria?

» SFB says: Of mixed mind on the issue other than to say, it sucks for everyone—particularly the people currently suffering and in fear within the country, who get lost in the mix whenever we hear about the drama between Russia and the U.S. I think the Obama administration, if they’re gonna make an issue of it, needs to look beyond chemical weapons and at the numerous violent incidents that have taken place over the past few years. I don’t like war, but Syria isn’t getting any better and the international community has to figure out some way to ease this situation without washing their hands of it. Last point: I think that Obama was right to ask for a vote in Congress. I hope he follows whatever guidance Capitol Hill has to offer. — Ernie @ SFB

22:58 // 1 year ago
August 31, 2013
Military intervention is in the interest of the Syrian people — we need this to solve the Syrian crisis. We need direct strikes on significant regime targets such as military installations … to save civilian lives.
Aleppo-based Free Syrian Army Col. Abdulbasit Sa’ad al-Dein • Expressing displeasure that no military strike will be immediately forthcoming from the United States. (As Congressional approval is needed and Congress is on recess for another week-plus, it’s gonna take some time.) Experts suggest that even if the rebels get military action from the U.S. on Syria, it may not be what they’re hoping for.
17:04 // 1 year ago
August 27, 2013
10:37 // 1 year ago
August 30, 2012
We are fighting a regional and global war, so time is needed to win it. We are moving forward. The situation is practically better but it has not been decided yet. That takes time.
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad • Speaking on private television station Dunya Wednesday regarding the nature of the conflict in Syria — and alluding in the process to the struggles the Syrian army faces in trying to win against rebel cells. Assad also called defections a “self-cleansing” process, saying that. “Whoever flees is either weak or bad. A patriotic or a good person does not flee.”
8:39 // 2 years ago
February 27, 2012
12:37 // 2 years ago
November 16, 2011

Arab League may impose economic sanctions on Syria

  • 3 day deadline for end to violence in Syria, Arab League says source

» Suspended and sanctioned? That’s the possibility facing Syria in the days to come. It was last Saturday that the Arab League voted to suspend Syria today if there was not a halt to the brutal violence and oppression by the government (Syria had already flagrantly ignored an agreement with the Arab League to facilitate this on November 3rd). Should the violent oppression not stop within three days, the price would be economic sanctions imposed by the League, which could have significant consequences for the Syrian citizenry as well.

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20:36 // 2 years ago