Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:47:43 AM
Meanwhile you trade heavily with the very enemies you claim to be placing sanctions on and trade lethal chemicals used in chemical weapons to countries accused of chemical attacks despite being part of the CWC. And you intervene just as much as we do, all over the world with your "non-mercenary" mercenaries like the French Foreign legion, the Gurkhas, Sandline International, Erinys International, Aegis Defence Services, ect. And pay many others from other countries like Executive Outcomes in Africa, in places like Mali, Chad, Afghanistan, Iraq and over a dozen African countries. You just don't report their deaths or any collateral damage in your casualties or recognize the engagements you use them in, because that would show your utter hypocrisy. Hell you just finish "Operation Serval" in 2013 in which you guys used a bunch of them to do your dirty work. Get a clue, your enemies don`t just go home when your don`t deal with them.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:47:33 AM
@dirtysteve00: "weakest counterpoint"
Nice cherry picking, that wasn't my counter point, the point is his election was internationally seen as rigged. The political corruption there was the whole point that started the civil war. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of protesters, including sunni`s who disagree with the Alawite, even sat in the central Square of Homs calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. When I mentioned we were a republic, I was commenting on your lack of knowledge on this country.
"You would ... no good resolution."
We have conducted lots of foreign interventions, sometimes it goes well sometimes it doesn`t. But we at least try to help people. Europe treats us like the UN`s own personal army, and begs us to get into engagements like Libya. Then you criticize us for interventions that you participated in, but didn`t have the stomach to go it alone.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 8:11:33 AM
@ Kvetcher: My pleasure. I know little about the topic, in all honesty. I just think it's intriguing that oil industry insiders seem to think Syria may have some significant petroleum deposits just waiting to be explored. The general line in the mainstream media is that Syria`s oil deposits are paltry and of little significance. That may be true of its land-based deposits; offshore deposits may be another story.