Mon, 02 Jul 2012 6:22a.m.
Syria's main opposition groups rejected a new international plan that calls for a transitional government because the compromise agreement did not bar President Bashar Assad from participating.
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2/07/2012 2:20:07 p.m.
If the Syrian government wasn't trying to keep civilian casualties down, there would be many more civilians dead.Or do people think that '1' suicide bomber can kill like 100 civilians from one attack and the Syrian forces couldn't kill 100,000 civilians in a day if they truely targeted civilians? With WWII tech we could manage that over 65 years ago! In WWI they did manage that - take allied bombing of cities as an example.It would be interesting to also analyse the opposition claims. I wonder if the age and sex tends to favour not civilians at all, but a smaller sector of syrian society, like mostly male and 15-40 in age? The opposition has a reason to claim civilian casualties which were in fact not civilian but resistance.Syrias government is oppressive - but how many are even worse around the world today? Iran is less tolerant, as is North Korea, and while China is much more liberal than it was 20 years ago, its not what you could call democratic!Sometimes the population needs to be less demanding and let change happen than to start civil war as it is less destructive and kills much less people. A change brought by atrocities is often no better or even worse than oppressive. Take Iran who used to have an oppresssive government till they had their relegious overthrow and a much more oppressive and less democratic government since. The problem is where much of the support of the opposition is coming from, and its from the worst oppression on the planet. Its not democratic change but intended to change one opressive government for a more oppressive government.
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