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best approach to Syria

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  • Democrat
    Tennessee
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    best approach

    who understands the middle east? since the end of wwII the vast crude oil resource of the middle east has arguably become the economic lifeblood of the planet. who is surprised that the "people" of these oil rich regions are seeking to gain more control over the "extractors"? from all of that to here....

    best approach? the current crisis in Syria has caused the superpowers to negotiate. this is a season for caution. we must conform to the axiom that in times of international crisis we are not the united states of democrats or the united states of republicans or the united states of msnbc or the united states of fox news...we must remain the united states of america. election cycles may truly be...at this moment in time...a punchline to a cosmic joke.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Today the UN announced that their inspectors verified that someone did kill some 1400 + people in Syria by gassing them, unfortunately they also don't know who employed them. So we are right back where we started with this horror a couple of weeks ago, BTW, the mission of the UN Inspectors was to confirm the use of those weapons and not to confirm who used them.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Johnnycee

    Can we agree that there is no solution in the middle east? Well, at least not from us.....It must come from them, be agreed upon by them, and enforced by them. In saying that, I believe that conflict will only end with war and an eventual winner,,,,,,,and then the US invading the winner.

    OIL is our purpose of our interests in the middle east. It was announced yesterday that due to the "fracking" by US oil companies, we no longer import more oil than we produce. We're in the middle east because of "Energy" access in the future. China and India are now major players who also have an insatiable hunger for oil. This is about our future. We have SAUDI ARABIA, LIBYA,and IRAQ sewed up. I realize we buy oil from the markets ,as do all other nations, but access and security of its continuous availability(flow) is a national security issue. I believeo any and all other sources of energy should be our goal...if not, we better get used to the middle east because we're going to be there for a long time. I'm not a geologist,,,but oil is basically the byproduct of things that lived before us (plankton, algae, and other life) sinking to the bottom of old oceans,,,,,,undergoing millions of years of heat and pressure,,,,,,,,eventually becoming oil.

    If this is the case (in a nut shell) then common sense tells me that eventually there won't be any. The need for any and all types of alternate sources is an eventual necessity for survival,,,,OR...the US needs to dominate that region.
    World markets only work when investors purchase corporations (shares), and that growth equals profits.US laws mandate that corporations grow so that investors make money... With growth comes the demand for more and more energy (OIL).
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    Why don't we just go back to our imperialistic origins and take the oil....I believe that if Congress and the President were honest to its citizens and just asked for our support to invade these countries; to ensure energy access for the US over the next 100 years, I believe our citizens might just say,,,,,,,,LETS GO GET IT.

    If our citizens were better informed in understanding that OIL is the cheapest source of energy in the world,,,, and that this resource won't be around forever.....we either stop using it,,,,,find alternative sources,,, OR. TAKE IT BY FORCE......Science has an easy formula when having to consider if over population is occurring....."When countries must go outside its borders for natural resources".... over-population is occurring. In order for the US and any other rich nation to live at the standards at which we live.....people must suffer in other parts of the world...capitalism exploits any and all in the name of PROFIT. If we all agree that our standards will change without unlimited supplies of energy......people would begin to agree that imperialism is a necessity. Greed is the sole reason for progress in our history
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I will agree that we and other outside sources should stop meddling in the affairs of the Middle East, a place whose culture is so foreign to us and in many case's outright barbarous, we and others keep telling these cultures how to live according to our standards when it goes against their very nature, however I would ask you that if the US develops its own energy source's within its own borders, would that not put the demand for Middle Eastern oil a lot less valuable and even less of an idea to control and fight over, our resources here far out weighs the needs of our energy concerns for at least the next fifty years or so, so why don't we do that instead of always having our troops settle what are nothing more than ancient tribal wars and feuds over something that no one can recollect what the origins were, the oil money sustains these never ending conflicts.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    johnnycee Wrote: I will agree that we and other outside sources should stop meddling in the affairs of the Middle East, a place whose culture is so foreign to us and in many case's outright barbarous, we and others keep telling these cultures how to live according to our standards when it goes against their very nature, however I would ask you that if the US develops its own energy source's within its own borders, would that not put the demand for Middle Eastern oil a lot less valuable and even less of an idea to control and fight over, our resources here far out weighs the needs of our energy concerns for at least the next fifty years or so, so why don't we do that instead of always having our troops settle what are nothing more than ancient tribal wars and feuds over something that no one can recollect what the origins were, the oil money sustains these never ending conflicts.
    I can only add something stupid to all of the above: Was n't it a much better world when we still had the horse and buggy? Horses produce only manure which can be recycled. Furthermore if on a long trip you could shack up in a haystack with some unspoiled country girl, without a cell phone on your ear. No real polution and highway noise and accidents, except an overturned cart may be. And no dead bugs on the windshield. Wow, people still had time to enjoy nature. I think I'll join those guys in "Pensil"vania and smell the horse manure, lovely!!
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    The latest on the Syria debacle; there will be peace negotiations in Switserland; most border countries will participate. However the US has refused that Iran attends. Typical I must say. I do not know where their brains are. Iran has a lot of influence in the region as well as in Iraq which is now also in turmoil. Our mister Kerry was just so proud he got a deal with Iran about nuclear profilation; but I gues with this new stupidity the Iranians will likely get the message and say "up yours" with your agreement. Again the US wants to run the show and dictate; this will be like shooting in your own foot.
    Likely they have no feet left with all the stupidity since 1948 in the middle east; one mistake after another. When will they learn?