Sunday, February 19, 2012

Russian, Chinese Stands On Syria: Great News

Russia's Putin Feeding Bashar Assad  Syrian's ...Russia's Putin Feeding Bashar Assad Syrian's Blood (Photo credit: FreedomHouse)For those who don't think Russia and China are just too big, and so there's no hope for democracy entering those domains, their wrong stands on Syria is an opportunity to expose them. Unless they come on board, Libya like military action is not possible, necessary but not possible. But there are so many other options.

There is always room for unilateral military action. Aerial bombardments are an option for NATO. America is not seeking Russian and Chinese approval for any possible military action on Iran. But there are several options before that. One is getting the Syrian opposition better organized. That is political work. And the opposition army in Syria could be provided help. So there is no global military action. But there is action on the ground by those who have rightfully defected from the Syrian Army.

Homs Is Benghazi

The best strategy on Russia and China is to engage them. Let them spell out all their arguments. The more they speak in support of a dictator the more they themselves get exposed. People in Russia are listening. People in China are listening. Syria is a great opportunity to expose the dictatorship in Russia. Russia is an example of how you can have elections and still not have democracy.

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In a show of support for Assad, China's vice foreign minister, Zhai Jun, arrived in Damascus after the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution telling the increasingly isolated president to halt the crackdown and surrender power.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Republican Porridge (2)

Santorum Drops By Iowa State FairSantorum Drops By Iowa State Fair (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)Republican Porridge
Wall Street Journal: Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner
Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a three-state sweep of nominating contests in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner...... Of the eight nominating contests so far, Mr. Santorum has now won four, while Mr. Romney has won three and Newt Gingrich one—a tally that seemed unlikely only a few days ago. ..... Mr. Santorum's Missouri victory margin was substantial: He won 75,000 more votes than Mr. Romney and 29,000 more than Mr. Romney's combined Iowa and Nevada totals..... what could be a long, state-by-state fight for convention delegates. ...... Super Tuesday..... In a sign of how the race was leaping toward that showdown, Mr. Gingrich spent most of Tuesday campaigning in Ohio, a Super Tuesday state, while Mr. Romney planned to fly Wednesday to Georgia, which also votes that day.
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Homs Is Benghazi

English: Brasilia - The president of the Syria...Image via WikipediaAnd it is time for international military action.

The reason China and Russia are opposed is the reason the Burmese General shifted his capital to some remote location once Bush did what he did to Saddam. The Burmese dictator identified closely with Saddam.

Working to get China and Russia to come on board is less about Syria and more about China and Russia.

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The Guardian: Inside Homs: 'We are seriously dying here. It is really war'
the Syrian army is carrying out a ferocious bombardment against helpless civilians ..... Elsewhere in Syria there appears to be growing evidence that in the wake of diplomatic failure, and Russia and China's veto of a UN resolution to end the bloodshed in the country, Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president, has decided to launch a conclusive military offensive against the rebels. ...... Activists in the former opposition stronghold of Zabadani, 20 miles north-west of Damascus, described how hundreds of tanks were pounding the town. The opposition Free Syrian Army effectively took control of Zabadani last month. Now, the Syrian army was on the brink of taking it back. ...... "There are about 300 tanks besieging the city from four positions. I saw so many tanks I couldn't count them," activist Fares Mohamad told the Guardian, using the town's only functioning phone. ...... more than 1,200 families had fled to Bloudan, to the east of Zabadani, adding that the encircled town had no gas or fuel or communications. ...... The regime's tactics had been entirely cynical, he said, with the mountain town's fire station and hospital among the first targets, so there was nowhere to treat the injured. ...... "I call upon Erdogan in Turkey. I call upon Emir Hamad of Qatar. I call upon King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. I call upon all the Muslims of the world to put pressure on Bashar, the monster." ...... The prospects for the civilians stuck in Homs appear bleak. Raji said there was now no way in or out of the town, with residents sheltering in the ground floor or basements of houses. "I myself am trying to get my family out, especially my sisters. But the problem is that no-one can get out," he said...... he said there was perplexity that the world was taking its cue from Russia and China ...... "We don't believe that Russia and China are more powerful than the whole world. And we don't understand why the world can't open a humanitarian corridor to help us."
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