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Each Person Who Died in Syria Today Has a Story We’ll Never Know: I Don’t Know How to End the War, But We Must Accept More Refugees

As I write this, the death toll from today’s sarin gas attack in Syria stands at 82, with dozens thought to be children. 

This is obscene. 

The world is forever scarred. 

Meanwhile, we have an administration that has twice tried to ban all Syrian refugees.

For six years, I’ve read all I can about the Syrian civil war and I know enough to know even top-tier military and diplomatic officials have different views on how the war can and should end. 

I don’t purport to have better answers. 

But I do know it’s morally paramount that we accept Syrian refugees, and that we accept even more than the Obama administration agreed to accept. As I understand, he had to fight the GOP Congress to agree to accept any Syrian refugees at all. 

This isn’t–or shouldn’t be–about partisanship, but about our shared humanity. 

When calling your elected representatives, discuss your views on Syrian refugees and remind them the U.S. has blood on our hands if we stand idly by.

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After the regime of Bashar al-Assad again attacked civilians with chemical weapons a rally took place in front of the embassy of Russia in Berlin. Russia is beside Iran the closest ally of al-Assad. About 86 People died from the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun, hundreds were injured.

The activists condemned the ongoing war crimes by the regime and urged Russia to stop al-Assad from killing the Syrian People. 04/05/2017.

Evidence shows Assad forces used sarin gas in deadly attack, French official says

  • France’s foreign minister said Wednesday that evidence proves that the sarin gas used in a deadly attack on a rebel-held Syrian town in April came from the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)
  • The April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun left more than 70 people dead, including 20 children, some estimates said (Guardian)
  • Citing a French report on Wednesday, French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters that forces loyal to Assad’s Syrian government “undoubtedly” used sarin gas in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Reuters reported. Read more (4/26/17 6:25 AM)

anonymous asked:

What Trump is doing is really fucked up but it rings a little hollow when Democrats (not you, in general I mean) act outraged about it while they said nothing when Obama began illegally bombing Syria in September with Congress authorisation or when Hillary said she would bomb Syria’s airbases.

President Obama ordered airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria; President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian military targets. There’s a big difference between bombing terrorists operating out of Syria (terrorists who were themselves battling the Syrian government) and bombing Syria itself. It’s important to note the differences – and that’s not even a criticism of Trump’s orders because I’m withholding my judgment on these recent actions until we see what steps the United States takes next in the region.

It’s also very important to note recognize that President Obama sought Congressional support for attacking the Syrian regime back in 2013, but Congress refused that support because they felt it was more important to try to score political points and hopefully make Obama look weak as opposed to taking dynamic action against a brutal Syrian regime that was slaughtering its own people.

Like I said, the Trump Administration’s actions weren’t necessarily wrong – something has needed to be done in Syria against the Assad regime – but it’s ridiculous for GOP members of Congress to completely lay the blame for inaction on President Obama when Congress desperately punted away Obama’s 2013 attempt to take action against Syria with Congressional support. 

Syria and The Blood on Steve Bannon’s Hands

We learned this morning that DJT asked Steve Bannon to step down from his position at the National Security Council (NSC). 

Administration officials insisted this was always the plan and that Bannon was merely there to “deoperationalize” procedures after Susan Rice’s tenure.

First off, what the fuck does that even mean?

Secondly, Bannon still has security clearance and can still attend meetings should he choose, so the day was rife with speculation as to what is actually transpiring. One widely touted theory, that he committed the ultimate transgression and crossed DJT’s venerated son-in-law and incest proxy, Jared Kushner. 

What we do know: Bannon gets to keep his West Wing job as Chief Political Strategist. As such, he still wields enormous influence. 

Bannon’s view of Syrian refugees is akin to Hitler’s view of Jews, and I say this without hyperbole. 

When discussing Syria in recent years, on multiple occasions Bannon has invoked the hideous, dehumanizing 1973 novel, “The Camp of the Saints”, by French author Jean Rauspail. Rauspail considered dark-skinned persons not of European lineage to be dangerous, sexually voracious barbarians out to destroy Western Civilization by arriving on its shores. 

Repeatedly, Bannon compares the Syrian refugees to the grotesqueries etched by Rauspail, ignoring, or more likely reveling in the fact that “The Camp of Saints” was widely condemned as a modern day “Mein Kampf” upon its release and has only found newfound popularity among virulent white supremacists. 

This is the man advising DJT on Syria. 

This is the man who sat on the National Security Council yesterday when Assad gassed to death at least 82 Syrians, dozens of them confirmed to be children. 

My best guess?

Removing Bannon from the National Security Council was a cosmetic move to save face on the international stage. 

But we won’t save lives until Bannon is removed from the administration. 

And that won’t happen until DJT is removed from office. 

Tonight they sleep with the blood of Syrian children on their hands.

anonymous asked:

Hey I just showed up at protest in detroit against the us involvement in syria. I cant tell if they are for real because they have north korean flags and pro-assad posters. Any advice/help?

Well I mean, there are a lot of reasons people in the U.S. don’t support our involvement in Syria and a lot of it stems from being pro-Assad. You’ll see this kind of shit on both the right and left. Like a protest like this would probably draw  people with a lot of diverse reasons for being there. 

So, John Bolton and Marco Rubio were on Fox News earlier discussing the possibilities of ousting the Assad regime. Something they’ve both been very vocal advocates for, but when asked about who would replace him even they had no idea or anyone to look for to fill the void.


There should be no talk of ousting Assad without even considering some new government that will bring stability and not be filled with Islamic theocrats. As of now, negotiation from a position of strength with Russia and Gulf Allies on Syria will suffice.