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By: ricderr , 2:52 PM GMT on September 07, 2013

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Hello from the wonder high dessert city of El Paso. The hottest days are behind us and cool to cold evenings with warm days are to be had. Now if we could just add a touch, OK a lot of green. and a lake or two, I might just like it here.

There's a lot of talk about Syria and what our response should be to the suspected government gas attacks on their own citizens. I'm guessing that my Facebook account is not the only one with various posts and viewpoints on the subject. What has surprised me though is those that support military intervention and those that don't cross party lines and positions on the political spectrum. I can't recall when I've seen such an event. There's usually overwhelming support by all sides or overwhelming dissent and far too often opinions based along party sides. Not so with opinions concerning Syria. many of my right and left wing friends support military action and just as many from both sides do not support it and so I bring you the QOD:

Do you support a United States military involvement in Syria?

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:04 PM GMT on September 10, 2013
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15. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:17 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
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14. ricderr
8:05 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Bomb em..Fk it





get over here and clean the spilled pepsi from my desk...LMAO
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13. MisterPerfect
8:03 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Bomb em..Fk it



Good time to play with our new robots.
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12. Naga5000
7:52 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Quoting 11. ihave27windows:
They have been fighting and killing each other in the middle east for more than 1000 yrs. The U.S. being involved in any way, shape or form is not going to stop them.

And just FYI, remember those WMD Bush said the Iraqis moved into Syria. Yeah, exactly!



Your right, on the note of false or bad information Doctors Without Borders was the first group to confirm chemical weapon use. I tend to trust them more than most organizations. You are correct, the intra-religious fighting between the Sunni's and Shiite's have been going on for way to long, and that is the main driver in every single middle eastern conflict. However, with the variables at play here, it's hard for me to see what the correct action is. I do know sending 500k cruise missles into Syria accompanied by some bombing run won't be helping do much of anything and troops on the ground is an even more absurd idea. Thanks for your thoughts. :)
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11. ihave27windows
7:46 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
They have been fighting and killing each other in the middle east for more than 1000 yrs. The U.S. being involved in any way, shape or form is not going to stop them.

And just FYI, remember those WMD Bush said the Iraqis moved into Syria. Yeah, exactly!

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10. Naga5000
7:45 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Quoting 9. ricderr:
All I know is that this situation is more complex than any we have seen in the Middle East recently



well put naga...it is more complicated than a blog post...and more important....one cannot some it up in a cute vignette blog post...but we are all allowed our opinion and beliefs....


even when yours is wrong and mine is right...LMAO


This has been a really weird one politically. My friends, both conservative and liberal as well, have sometimes opposite and sometimes agreeing views on this subject.

I can't help but think if a Republican were president we wouldn't see the numbers of House Republicans against this as we are seeing with Obama in office. The same holds true with the Democrats in support of the Presidents plan.

It's a weird one, almost like opposite day happened.

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9. ricderr
7:39 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
All I know is that this situation is more complex than any we have seen in the Middle East recently



well put naga...it is more complicated than a blog post...and more important....one cannot some it up in a cute vignette blog post...but we are all allowed our opinion and beliefs....


even when yours is wrong and mine is right...LMAO
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8. ricderr
7:35 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
thanx OBOP.....you made my point exactly...i would have never thought you would support a military response....even though we don't agree...you restore my faith in indivuality
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7. auburn (Mod)
7:14 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Quoting 5. oregonbirdofprey:
As a progressive, and as someone extremely reluctant to support military intervention... I must admit I support not only a strike but a devastating strike. I'm sadly disheartened by the lack of support from what seems to be most
Americans as well as most of our allies around the world. What level of atrocity does it take? When did we reach a point when we just say Oh well, not my problem? How do we continue to call ourselves the leader of the free world? How do we call ourselves the light and the hope of oppressed people everywhere? And I never want to hear another word from my friends on the right about "American exceptionalism". I agree that we shouldn't have to do these things alone, that the international community should join together to protect those who cannot protect themselves, but apparently no one is willing. I hope that they don't find themselves in need of the same type of assistance someday, as has happened continuously through-out history. All things concidered, even though I support in principle a military strike, I reluctantly conclude/concede that it would be unwise, in fact very dangerous, to go it alone.



If I thought it would do any good I would be for it,But I personally dont see what good such a limited strike would do.
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6. Naga5000
7:06 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
I'm extremely conflicted. If the evidence is correct and chemical weapons were used, we should strike, however, I don't believe a strike will do anything to stop the Assad Government. If Assad strikes Turkey, our NATO ally, then we would be compelled by our treaty to strike. If we leave Assad alone, the probability of Assad reaching further and dragging Turkey or Israel into the mess greatly increases.

All I know is that this situation is more complex than any we have seen in the Middle East recently, not even getting into the Iranian side of hypothetical's. So, I frankly do not know.
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5. oregonbirdofprey
6:59 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
As a progressive, and as someone extremely reluctant to support military intervention... I must admit I support not only a strike but a devastating strike. I'm sadly disheartened by the lack of support from what seems to be most
Americans as well as most of our allies around the world. What level of atrocity does it take? When did we reach a point when we just say Oh well, not my problem? How do we continue to call ourselves the leader of the free world? How do we call ourselves the light and the hope of oppressed people everywhere? And I never want to hear another word from my friends on the right about "American exceptionalism". I agree that we shouldn't have to do these things alone, that the international community should join together to protect those who cannot protect themselves, but apparently no one is willing. I hope that they don't find themselves in need of the same type of assistance someday, as has happened continuously through-out history. All things concidered, even though I support in principle a military strike, I reluctantly conclude/concede that it would be unwise, in fact very dangerous, to go it alone.
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4. JohnLonergan
6:09 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
no!!!
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3. auburn (Mod)
6:07 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
Nope.
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2. ricderr
6:04 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
lol.....that was easy 27.....
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1. ihave27windows
3:14 PM GMT on September 07, 2013
No

=)
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