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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18352281

UN monitors have been shot at trying to independantly verify claims of a massacre in a small village.

It took a lot less for us to get involved in Libya, so what's changed? People are being murdered by the hundreds, why haven't we pounded Syria's military into the dust? It's not as if we couldn't ffs.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Because people dont want the army/airforce/navy in danger.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    G-Raffe wrote: »
    Because people dont want the army/airforce/navy in danger.

    Also because Arab League don't want us in, Russia doesn't want us and if Libya was bloody complex with lots of intercine tribal squabbles Syria is much worse

    Also Libya, is still remembered by many as shooting dead a British WPC and supplying arms and equipment which helped kill hundreds of British soldiers, peelers and civilians (and Lockerbie as well, which whilst controversial imo was still Libya led). I think a lot of people jumped at the chance to get Gadaffi in a box - unfinished business.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Also because Arab League don't want us in, Russia doesn't want us and if Libya was bloody complex with lots of intercine tribal squabbles Syria is much worse

    Also Libya, is still remembered by many as shooting dead a British WPC and supplying arms and equipment which helped kill hundreds of British soldiers, peelers and civilians (and Lockerbie as well, which whilst controversial imo was still Libya led). I think a lot of people jumped at the chance to get Gadaffi in a box - unfinished business.

    Syria has been virtuous? Haven't they also armed terrorists, didn't they partly support the Iraqi insurgents?

    The real reason is, lack of British interests in Syria.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Syria has been virtuous? Haven't they also armed terrorists, didn't they partly support the Iraqi insurgents?

    The real reason is, lack of British interests in Syria.

    I'm pretty sure I don;t claim Syria has been virtuous, but there is a big difference between supplying arms to fight the British in Iraq (where whatever the rights and wrongs of the invasion the UK had invaded) and to supply arms to a terrorist group within the UK

    British interests in Libya were minimal as well, but Libya was a) supported by the international communty (including other Arab States and Russia) and b) was a revenge best served cold (and a belated warning to other regimes who think its alright to supply semtex to the IRA)

    If Syria was remotely doable without too much cost in blood and treasure we'd probably do it, as we're not exactly chums of the Assad regime
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If Syria was remotely doable without too much cost in blood and treasure we'd probably do it, as we're not exactly chums of the Assad regime

    It would be. They've got the same crap the Libyans and Iraqis had, much good it did them.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whowhere wrote: »
    It would be. They've got the same crap the Libyans and Iraqis had, much good it did them.

    Except with active Russian support. And Iraq also taught us how much easier it is to get in that to get out.

    I don't doubt that technically we (and by that I mean UK and allies) could overthrow Assad tomorrow, except in five years time we'd still be trying to manage a bloody civil war with the Russian bear happily selling arms to whoever wants to take a shot at the blokes patrolling the streets of Damascus.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    How long before someone with a conspiracy theory comes along and asks the if Syria has oil question ;)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    people refuses army and violence
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