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US Senate panel approves use of force against Syria

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote paves the way for full Senate debate

A Code Pink protester holds up her painted hands as US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4. AFP photo

 Anti-war demonstrators in silent protest during Kerry’s address before US House committee

Arab nations have offered to help pay for any U.S. military intervention in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers while activists silently protested him during his testimony
Why Attack Syria?

Well-designed humanitarian intervention, as well as legal accountability for war crimes and atrocities, can send a strong signal to thugs and tyrants that they must reckon with the values underpinning international law. But conflating these two purposes ? to save lives and to mete out justice ? could end up undermining both.
Turkey: Could US bombing of Syria Sidetrack Kurdish Peace Process?

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Turkish government officials and Kurdish militants are divided when it comes to Syria, with Ankara strongly supporting the prospect of American military strikes, and most Kurds opposing them. This difference could place great strain on the Kurdish peace process in Turkey, in the event the United States takes action in Syria.

World set Syria red line, not me: Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama said that the international community ?cannot be silent? following Syria?s alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people
Matt Miller: Six qualms about Syria

In 1921, the Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello wrote an absurdist play titled?Six Characters In Search of An Author.? Think of this column as six observations on Syria in search of a conclusion.

Understanding the Syrian Civil War
Middle East Online
Chillingly, the just cited Wikileaks memorandum notes that the assembled military and intelligence officers ?don’t believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi 
Who Really Crossed the Red Line?
US threatens Syria amid threat of fresh Western war in Mid-East
Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by US strike

Russia said that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium
Pro-Israel lobby backs US strikes on Syria

AIPAC and some influential Republicans join forces to push Barack Obama for hawkish action on Syria.
These Are the 5 Craziest Conspiracy Theories About Syria’s Chemical Attacks

With the Obama administration in an all-out blitz to gain congressional authorization for a strike On Syria, the debate over chemical weapons and a potential U.S. military retaliation has taken an inevitable turn: The conspiracy theories have arrived.

Drums of War on Syria Getting Louder

The drums of war are getting louder as the US prepares for a ?punitive? bombing campaign on Syria. Online, everyone has become an overnight expert on Syria.

Palestinian Iyad El-Baghdadi notes:

Opposition says France isolated over Syria

French opposition party is angry at president?s willingness to take military action against Syria, saying it puts in danger France?s global influence

Russia sends missile cruiser to Mediterranean: Interfax

Russia is sending a missile cruiser to the east Mediterranean to take over the navy’s operations in the region

Israel must give Palestinians gas masks: Security official

Israel must provide Palestinians living in the occupied territories with gas masks, a Palestinian official has said, in the event of a spillover of violence from Syria.

Obama, Assad and Putin: No easy answer

By Patricia H. Kushlis

For such a small country, international concern over the civil war in Syria is outsized.  As they say in real estate, however, location is everything and Syria borders on any number of countries in the Middle East from Turkey to the north to Lebanon and Israel on the south.  It also provides a small supply base for the Russian Navy ? its only one in the Mediterranean.

U.S. credibility runs deeper than Syria

Undoubtedly you?ve heard that U.S. credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama?s vacillation over what to do about Syria.

On Syria, Republicans actually have to govern

By seeking congressional approval for military action against the Syrian government, President Obama has accomplished something that the nation hasn?t seen in some time: He?s compelled Republicans to divert their attention from their concocted crises to an issue of actual substance.

The GOP wants to have it both ways on Syria

Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is in a spirited debate ? with himself.

Obama rolls the dice on Syria by asking Congress?s approval

Barack Obama is betting his presidency on the hope of cooperation from an institution that he disdains and has proved incapable of taming. His roll-the-dice gamble for congressional go-ahead in Syria may well succeed. Still, the risk is enormous for Obama?s fraying credibility, and the implications are significant not only for the power of this president but for his successors.

Syria would strike back at Turkey, Deputy FM warns

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad has warned Turkey to ?think twice? before participating in a probable U.S.-led operation in Syria


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