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#1    shrooma

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

http://rt.com/news/s...rs-hostage-910/
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syrian rebels took 20 UN peacekeepers hostage yesterday, in a move that threatens to escalate the conflict immeasurably.

Edited by shrooma, 07 March 2013 - 10:45 AM.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:48 AM

I saw that on T.V, the peacekeepers arn't being threatened they are just stopping them from moving on


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

QUOTE-
''A young fighter saying he was from
the "Martyrs of Yarmouk" said the
peacekeepers would not be set free
until Syrian government forces
withdrew from the village of
Jamlah, a mile east of the ceasefire
link with the Israeli-occupied
Golan, Reuters reports.
" If no withdrawal is made within
24 hours we will treat them as
prisoners, "
this sounds like a lot more than just 'stopping them from moving on' richard....

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:17 AM

Taking UN peace keepers hostage strikes me as dumb (as though the Syrian regime cared) and desperate (as though they can't think of anything better to do.  I wish them well in getting rid of Baathism, but wonder what is going on.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:27 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 07 March 2013 - 11:17 AM, said:

I wish them well in getting rid of Baathism, but wonder what is going on.
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after the same rebel group released footage of themselves executing syrian soldiers earlier this week frank, I shudder to think what could be going on!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:50 PM

Well they'd better not make Ban ki Moon angry....they wouldn't like him when he's angry...

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:26 PM

I wouldn't put anything past the rebel soldiers including executing the UN peacekeepers.  It seems the line is getting blurry between who is the good guy and who is the bad one.  Which I guess that would be the first casualty of a civil war.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

View PostHilander, on 07 March 2013 - 01:26 PM, said:

I wouldn't put anything past the rebel soldiers including executing the UN peacekeepers.
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I think, they're aiming to involve israel in the conflict, as they know it would polarise world opinion.
a lot of people don't like the jewish state, and by drawing them into the conflict, they're hoping to garner sympathy for their cause.
israel has already started making noises about encroachment, and if they DO get drawn into it, I can't help but feel they'll be playing into the syrians' hands.....

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

Given their depends it sounds like this rebel group is being pants on head stupid. Yeah like Assad is going to give a damn about the UN. Seems the other rebel groups are not impressed and have demanded that the peacekeepers be let go.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

View PostCorp, on 07 March 2013 - 04:38 PM, said:

Seems the other rebel groups are not impressed and have demanded that the peacekeepers be let go.
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that's because the other groups know that once you start messing with an UN peacekeeping force, you end up with a whole sh!tstorm raining down on you....

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Angry letters...angry letters everywhere!

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Well hopefully the other rebels will smack some sense into this bunch and the peacekeepers will be let go soon.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:47 PM

What a stupid move!Their whole basis for getting aid is that they are better than the gov they are trying to help topple.Some things that happen in that region of the world are to dumb to explain :wacko:

"If it is not advantageous,do not move.If objectives can not be attained,do not employ the army.Unless endangered do not engage in warfare.The ruler cannot mobilize the army out of personal anger.The general can not engage in battle because of personal frustration.When it is advantageous,move;when not advantageous,stop.Anger can revert to happiness,annoyance can revert to joy,but a vanquished state cannot be revived,the dead cannot be brought back to life." Sun-Tzu

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:48 AM

So Peacekeepers are held, and Britain has just said yesterday that we shall supply the Rebels with body armour and other gear, Is this Brit Gov't just thick,or just stupid OR BOTH ?...We are slowly getting dragged into this mess when we should keep our big noses out of it.I'm getting sick of us trying to act as world Policemen when we haven't got the resources.Let the Euro's have a go.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

I got regular articles from the UK newsstand from a good friend at Oxford when the whole Libyan affair was appearing to be a success, with the proud journalists lining up to make sure everyone understood Britain's 2nd biggest contribution to the bloody thing.  Hip Hip...Hooray.  The Saxons seem more willing to sit in reserve behind the Normans, keeping their distance but still playing a role in European policies.   Maybe France should lead the interventionist charge on this one too.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

I don't see anyone leading in this mess.  And the reason is that it's a no win.  There is no oil and regardless which group comes out on top, the west will have to defend against them in time as well.  The place will be a blood sponge for years to come unless Assad crushes his opposition or one group rises to power that can do so.  Israel has been the only country to strike a blow and even theyl did so only because of self interest.  Strange days when an Assad is the best choice Israel has for a leader in Syria.

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