1. Post #1
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    October 2007
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18963720

    BBC News posted:
    President Barack Obama has warned Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that his government will be held accountable if it uses chemical weapons.

    He was speaking after Damascus said they would not be deployed inside Syria but would be against foreign attack.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that any thought of using chemical weapons would be "reprehensible".

    Fierce fighting has taken place in Aleppo, where rebels claim to have captured parts of the city.

    There are also unconfirmed reports from activists in Homs that security forces are threatening to storm the city's central prison.

    Chemical threat

    The sharp international response came hours after Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi gave Damascus's first implicit acknowledgement that a chemical weapons stockpile existed.

    The weapons were safely stored, he said, and Syria would never use them against its civilians but only "in case of external aggression". In an attempt to retain some doubt about his country's unconventional weapons arsenal he later tweeted "if they exist".

    The US and Israel have expressed concern about the fate of Syria's arms, with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu speaking of a "great threat" of weapons sites falling into the hands of Lebanon's Shia Islamist group Hezbollah, allied to President Assad.

    The State Department in Washington said any possible use of such weapons would be "completely unacceptable".

    "They will be held accountable by the international community and the US, should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons," President Obama added.

    The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington says US officials have refused to discuss details of any contingency planning surrounding Syria's chemical weapons but they have acknowledged that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the issue on a visit to Israel last week.

    Aleppo clashes

    Syrian rebels said they had taken control of the Salah el-Din area of the country's most populous city, Aleppo, on Monday but fighting was continuing there and in other districts late into the evening.

    A child was killed when rockets were fired at a market in the al-Bab area of the city, opposition activists said.

    Unverified video showed jubilant rebel fighters capturing a tank in the Sakhour district and the BBC's Ian Pannell, on the outskirts of Aleppo, said he had seen hundreds of rebels moving towards the city.

    In the capital, it was a different story as footage showed Syrian troops going from house to house searching for rebel fighters in areas of Damascus that had been recaptured from the opposition.

    Civilians in the Qabun area of the city complained of not being able to leave their homes and government forces were said to have taken up positions in Midan, held earlier by rebels.

    Explosions and fires have been reported from the jail in the central city of Homs, where unarmed policemen are said to have defected and prisoners have staged a sit-in. Government officials had earlier denied there had been a defection.

    Meanwhile, the refugee crisis is escalating both inside and outside Syria.

    An estimated 1.5 million people are homeless within the country, according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Another 115,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries.

    42,600 refugees are in camps in Turkey
    34,700 refugees are in Jordan where a refugee camp for 110,000 is being set up by the UN
    29,900 refugees are in Lebanon
    7,500 refugees are in Iraq, where PM Nuri al-Maliki has announced that the borders should be opened for people fleeing from Syria
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has announced another 20m euros for medical care, shelter, food and water
    Cypriot and EU officials have drafted plans for a large-scale evacuation of EU nationals from Syria as a "worst-case scenario"

    On Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 19,106 people had been killed since March 2011. The UN said in May that at least 10,000 people had been killed.

    Syria blames the violence on foreign-backed "armed terrorist gangs".

    In June, the Syrian government reported that 6,947 Syrians had died, including at least 3,211 civilians and 2,566 security forces personnel.
    Video of Obama in the source link
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  2. Post #2
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    This threat from Syria will hinder an international response more than Russia and China's disapproval.
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  3. Post #3
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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    don't do it syria! there'll be trouble!

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    Or, what, exactly? You'll ignore Russia and China's veto votes in the UN and invade and occupy our country anyway on the grounds of stopping us from using WMDs that we may or may not have?

    That would be crazy.
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    don't do it syria! there'll be trouble!

    "You are very very bad man Jerry!"

  6. Post #6
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    I think the President might be hinting that if he gives up, Assad might not face war crimes charges. If he uses chemical weapons, and lives, he WILL be facing war crimes charges.

    Of course, if he gives up, Assad can look for a friendly country to take him in, or some other similar situation where he gets to live. The longer he stays, the more risk that if he loses the country he winds up dead.

    Idi Amin got exile in Saudi Arabia, so it's not unheard of for a former bloodthirsty tyrant to be allowed to leave alive.
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    don't do it syria! there'll be trouble!
    that gif is perfect
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    I think the President might be hinting that if he gives up, Assad might not face war crimes charges. If he uses chemical weapons, and lives, he WILL be facing war crimes charges.

    Of course, if he gives up, Assad can look for a friendly country to take him in, or some other similar situation where he gets to live. The longer he stays, the more risk that if he loses the country he winds up dead.

    Idi Amin got exile in Saudi Arabia, so it's not unheard of for a former bloodthirsty tyrant to be allowed to leave alive.
    The Arab League offered him "safe passage" just yesterday if he left immediately

  9. Post #9
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    Each single time I read something about chemical weapons the image of this dude haunts me.



    Dr.Thrax
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    The Republicans would eventually be forced to, so Obama has no real advantage in this case. Good to see him warn them though.

  11. Post #11
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    April 2007
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    Each single time I read something about chemical weapons the image of this dude haunts me.



    Dr.Thrax
    His inventions were pretty impressive for a guy that got his degree from mail-order college

    Strapping chemicals to tractors is one thing, but giving your footsoldiers chemical backpacks with hoses is beyond nuts
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    Each single time I read something about chemical weapons the image of this dude haunts me.



    Dr.Thrax

    Don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, do- f-f plea- no FUCK.

    Look at what you made me do.
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    Don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, do- f-f plea- no FUCK.

    Look at what you made me do.
    I build for China
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    Or, what, exactly? You'll ignore Russia and China's veto votes in the UN and invade and occupy our country anyway on the grounds of stopping us from using WMDs that we may or may not have?

    That would be crazy.
    "our country"?

    What, do you live in Syria?

  15. Post #15
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    Don't use chemical weapons or we will write another angry letter!

       In all seriousness though, maybe this hints at us finally doing something.   
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    Chemical weapons usage is a massive no-no. There's multiple bans on chemical weapons manufacturing, usage, and required destruction deadlines. They'd be in a really bad spot if they let one off or if one gets taken away.
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  17. Post #17
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    Don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, don't reinstall the game, do- f-f plea- no FUCK.

    Look at what you made me do.

    I have it on my shelf, the first decade edition

  18. Post #18
    Dennab
    December 2011
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    I build for China


    Thank you for the new shoes.
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  19. Post #19
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    January 2010
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    So, they said Saddam may have WMDs and we invaded the shit out of Iraq. And yet now we just sit here and watch because Russia and China, not the nicest countries in terms of civilian treatment, don't like the idea of intervention. Wow, they weren't kidding when they said the UN is like the LoN.
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    Thank you for the new shoes.


    For the republic!

    Alternatively:

    THEY CANNOT DESTROY CHINAAaa

  21. Post #21
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    November 2005
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    So, they said Saddam may have WMDs and we invaded the shit out of Iraq. And yet now we just sit here and watch because Russia and China, not the nicest countries in terms of civilian treatment, don't like the idea of intervention. Wow, they weren't kidding when they said the UN is like the LoN.
    They didn't invade Iraq because of potential WMDs. That intelligence came later.

  22. Post #22
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    Dennab
    December 2009
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    For the republic!

    Alternatively:

    THEY CANNOT DESTROY CHINAAaa
    Well, this thread went downhill quickly
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  23. Post #23
    this is how i imagine obama said it

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