U.N. action vital after horrific attack in Syria

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Obama, world leaders must demand U.N. probe of chemical use.

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wa0tdaAug. 23, 13 5:45 AM

Bad things are always happening someplace. The UN needs to act on them, but the game is to ignore, stall, and delay until Uncle Sam, the world's policeman, steps in. That way the other nations can spend their treasure on their domestic projects and ignore their obligations to their neighbors.

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SnippetAug. 23, 13 7:04 AM

If I sincerely believed we could help the place, I would be supportive of the effort to do so. But who, at this point, believes we can, and why are they still in a position to make decisions about anything more important than what color to paint their living room?

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sundialAug. 23, 13 8:13 AM

So hawks like John McCain are demanding we intervene militarily. My question is why is it always us? Why not Russia, China, France, India, Brazil? Oh, yeah, we do have something called the UN. The sad truth is that there is little we can do unilaterally, unless we are prepared for another decade of mid-east war and another trillion dollars of money we don't have.

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SnippetAug. 23, 13 8:51 AM

>>> My question is why is it always us? Why not Russia, China, France, India, Brazil? <<< Why not Saudi Arabia? Egypt? Jordan? Iran? Yemen?

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pintailguyAug. 23, 1310:41 AM

USA policy should start with the US ambassador at minimum attending the emergency meetings being held to discuss Syria. Obama's ambassador, Samantha Smith thinks personal trips are more important than attending the UN.

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hawkeye56379Aug. 23, 13 4:21 PM

From the article: "Tuesday’s alleged attack, which if verified would rival the evil unleashed by Saddam Hussein in Iraq in the late 1980s."-------- And let's remember that we didn't respond militarily to that one. In fact, because Iraq was considered an ally of ours at the time, the Reagan administration used its influence in Congress to keep us from even passing a resolution condemning that attack. Any action in Syria in response to this should come from the UN, not from us.

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lakestellaAug. 24, 13 4:10 PM

We need to be DONE with being the World's police. We cannot fight the unending wars of the middle east forever. This is the PURPOSE of the UN, to deal with this sort of thing. The UN is pathetic.

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jtxxxxAug. 25, 13 5:39 PM

WMDs anyone! And look what that did for us. Oh I forgot, the military industrial complex did very very well! Who pays for this intervention by the way. WE do not have an economy that can continue to play world policeman. Watch the money trail on this one. Same old same old!

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