I love senator McCain and I respect his viewpoints, he is a hero of war, a true legacy. However, I think is too late for the President to declare a war of any kind whether minimum just for distraction to reframe from using chemical weapon. The fact that Syria President is aware of unilateral consensuses will make it difficult for the president to go alone for those who favor going into war. In addition, we are limited in our military capacity and service men and women from Iraq war. We should be cautious about our limitation. If we attack Syria current regime with minimum intention, just to see if that could stop using chemical weapon is taking a chance for potential for full war. The saying, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger. We do not want to give take a chance of going into full war with something that is not a direct threat to us. I think it is wise to keep using Diplomatic intervention instead of any action of war.
Assad is fighting for the security of the Alawites. Since most of this community live north of Lebanon near the Mediterranean, it would seem that we should be discussing the redrawing of borders to separate Alawites from Sunnis. The French only left in 1970- it is still a young country.
If there is a strike it would seem that cutting off armed supplies from the air or sea would be a desired target.
The french left Syria in the 1940s not the 70s. Second, while the Alawaits in Syria are from the mountains near the cost, they still are not te majority there. The Mjority on the coast is still Sunni. Lastly and to be clear, the Alawites are from the mountains near the coast, not from the coast and certainly not the whole coast.
Giving them their coast is far from just, not just for the Majority of Syrians, but also to the Alawites them selves.
Beleive it or not, most Syrians like myself, still consider them our Syrian brethern, no matter how much we hate Assad.
Syria was always a diverse nation with a rich diverse tolerant history that dates back thousands of years. That tolerance was ruined by the Assads whom devided Syria along seceterian lines. Hopefully with the demise of the Assad Thugs, that devide will end. It will take time, maybe a long time, but most of us Syrians hope that we have not hit the point of no return. Not just yet.
From a Sunni Syrian, with a Christian wife, and wonderful Alwaite friends
Dear AC, I watched part of your show discussing President Obama's speech on the crisis in Syria. Your panel should be ashamed of themselves. All talking at once, cutting each other off, generally being discourteous to each other, failing to listen to and absorb what the other panelist were saying. There may be a sliver of evidence that Christiane Amampour ( who ,yes, I know lived in Iran at times during her life) maybe not know EVERYTHING. She was rude, pushy, impolite and discourteous I finally pushed the OFF" button.
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