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August 8th, 2012
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Ask Candy: Syria

Candy answers your questions in this week's Ask Candy. This week Candy answers two questions from Twitter and one from Facebook on the situation in Syria. Thanks for all the questions and check back next week for your chance to Ask Candy.

Twitter question from rosiepoindexter
What will the U.S do about the mass killings in Syria?

If you mean will the U.S. offer active military involvement, “boots on the ground”, I can’t see that happening. We know that President Obama has okayed clandestine support by the CIA and other U.S. agencies, and that the U.S. is supplying “non-lethal” aid. CNN reporters on the ground see no signs of any U.S. involvement (although perhaps the U.S. is just good at the clandestine part). Basically right now, whatever aid is going to the rebels appears to be coming through Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The extent of US involvement in facilitating any of that, if it is at all, is unclear. As you know, there are some in the U.S. publicly calling for President Obama to arm the rebels directly, but so far the administration has been unwilling to take that step. See the next answer

Facebook question from James F Dahmer
Why has know one asked President Obama what makes Libya more important than Syria?
I have not asked the President because I haven’t had the opportunity, but I have talked to any number of his people and the basic answer is that the world’s powers have not come together against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and without a world consensus, the U.S. and other western forces are unwilling to intervene in a way similar to the no-fly zone in Libya.
The intervention in Libya came only after the UN Security Council authorized “all necessary measures” to prevent a bloodbath in Benghazi, the Libyan rebel stronghold. It came only after the Arab League called for intervention. It came because there was an existing force (NATO) within which there were members willing to take on the job. None of those conditions exist now. In addition, Syria has close ties with Iran. The feeling is that intervention of any sort without similar world backing would light a match in a tinderbox.

Twitter question from Jim
Is there any reason any outside nation should get involved in war among religious factions in Syria?

See above. Clearly the U.S. thinks it wise to stay out of Syria while planning for a change. If you have not heard the other side, this was an interesting article.


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