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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:10 PM
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Syria May Send Peacekeepers to Iraq
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria would consider sending peacekeeping forces to Iraq if a deadline is set for a U.S. troop withdrawal and if the United Nations assumes control of its war-ravaged neighbor, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

Syria, a U.N. Security Council member, has opposed the U.S.-led war and occupation of Iraq.

"Syria would be ready to send troops to Iraq only after the United Nations has the final say in Iraq and if a deadline for the American withdrawal (from Iraq) is put," said Bouthaina Shaaban, Syria's new minister of expatriates, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

"Then the Arab League, including Syria, would review an Arab contribution to rebuilding Iraq," she added.

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http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/6833735.ht...
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:14 PM
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1. "...only after the United Nations has the final say in Iraq.."
In other words, they ain't sending nuthin'...
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:23 PM
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2. "...and if a deadline for the American withdrawal (from Iraq) is put..."
In other words, put your request where the sun don't shine. . .
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:25 PM
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3. Smart move
IF they had voluteered to send peacekeepers with no questions asked, then how could Bushco dare invade them while they're helping?
Just the fact they offered makes them look good.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:23 PM
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7. Actually, if you listen to the 'non-NeoCons' talk about Syria
You'd hear them talk about how badly Bush f*cked up relations with them. The younger Assad was actually helping out quite a bit on the War on Terror front, insofar as providing the best information we had on al Queda (being Ba'athists, they see al Queda as a threat, too).

All the neo-cons chest beating about Syria has messed up that relationship, however. It's unfortunate, since they really never gave the younger (new) Assad a chance, and the neo-con war talk has only strengthened the older hardliners in Syria to the detriment of any reform plans Assad (the younger) may have had.

At least that's my impression of things.
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Nottingham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:26 PM
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4. Baawaaahaa! I could just see our Military's faces when Syria
troops show up!

Didn't we kill you guys the other day??

Oh Syria's President has a wicked sense of humor!

:bounce:
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maggrwaggr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:40 PM
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5. "loan us your troops and we won't invade you?"
oh wait. we can't invade you anyway because all our troops are tied down in Iraq.

I know! Send in your troops to relieve ours, so we CAN invade you!

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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:00 PM
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6. They'd better watch out:
once they send troops to Iraq, Dubya may invade them for invading Iraq. But what if Syria sent the troops UN agreement? When have UN policies stopped Dubya?
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Racenut20 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 05:45 PM
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8. Outfoxed again... stupid stupid stupid
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karlschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:58 PM
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9. Er, might there be a small problem there since our military is told that
Syrians are terrorists?

:eyes: :crazy:
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snippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:04 PM
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10. This is funny. The Axis of Deceival will be pissed.
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