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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Here we go again.. Foreign Secretary William Hague has vociferously condemned the violence perpetrated by Syrian government troops against protestors setting the stage for yet another appearance before the UN for a mandate to send NATO forces into that country..
with reports of 20 killed in protests yesterday, and the total since March somewhere near the 350 mark, all British and American citizens have been told to leave the country as soon as possible..
The protestors are demanding that President Bashar al Assad step down, calling for open elections under UN supervision..
Hague issued his statement as Britain, France, Italy and Portugal draw up presentations for the UN Security Council.. paving the way for further NATO action..
There is a problem though, for this is not yet an armed insurrection in Syria, merely ptotests against the regime, and who would NATO target should the UN deem armed intervention is necissary..
This Middle Eastern move towards open democracy is problematic for the West, for while we do depend on the oil from the region, it cannot be made to seem that this oil is our reason d'etre for helping..
And as mentioned before, Syria has elements of Hammas, Hezbollah, and al Q'aida actively working, and all oppose the existence of Israel. Should a regeme change take place, it is moot what stance any new government might take.
Rock and a hard place ain't in it...

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