1. Post #1
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    October 2007
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17847584

    BBC News posted:
    France says the Security Council should consider the use of force in Syria if a UN-backed peace plan fails to stop violence in the country.

    "We cannot allow the [Damascus] regime to defy us," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said.

    Violence has continued despite a plan by international envoy Kofi Annan calling on Damascus to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from cities.

    Mr Juppe said 300 UN monitors should be deployed in Syria within two weeks.

    If the peace plan fails, he added, "we would have to move to a new stage with a Chapter Seven resolution" - which allows for action that could be backed by force - "to stop this tragedy".

    There are concerns that such a resolution would be vetoed by Russia and China - which have blocked previous attempts to impose UN sanctions on Syria.

    The UN has sent a small advance team of observers to Syria. Last weekend the Security Council approved the deployment of another 300.

    Activists on Wednesday said security forces had been firing mortar shells and machine-guns at Harasta and Douma suburbs of Damascus, the capital, visited recently by UN monitors.

    At least three people were killed by sniper fire in on Wednesday morning, they added.

    "There was bombardment all night - artillery and tanks. We didn't sleep at all. Not for a moment," a woman who visited Douma told Reuters news agency.

    The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists, said several people had also been killed by snipers in neighbouring Harasta, it added.

    Mr Annan told the Security Council on Tuesday that the Syrian military had not withdrawn its forces or heavy weapons from population centres.

    Mr Annan said he was "particularly alarmed by reports that government troops entered Hama [on Monday] after observers departed, firing automatic weapons and killing a significant number of people".

    "If confirmed, this is totally unacceptable and reprehensible," he added.
    Kind of meaningless considering the current French government is likely to be gone in two weeks, but other countries/the new government might run with it
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  2. Post #2
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    October 2006
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    Oh look, it's voting season, and only now are they threatening to do something.

    How. Shocking.

    I really doubt another Libya will help his poor polling record.
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    Take back the colony!
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    Due to the indiscriminate nature of the Syrian military as of late, I don't think that'd be a bad idea so long as a clear objective is made for the intervening forces. There's a lot that needs to be taken into consideration.
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    I can't tell if Annan is ignorant or the biggest optimist on the face of the planet.

    Did he really think his cease-fire plan would be accepted by either side? A government with the blood of thousands on it's hands and a revolutionary movement that's already suffered untold casualties at the hands of said government?

    That's wishful thinking to the extreme.

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    Finally someone is doing something. How many Syrians have to die?
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    About fucking time tbh.

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    I'm guessing France will surrender 3 days after it votes.

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    I can't tell if Annan is ignorant or the biggest optimist on the face of the planet.

    Did he really think his cease-fire plan would be accepted by either side? A government with the blood of thousands on it's hands and a revolutionary movement that's already suffered untold casualties at the hands of said government?

    That's wishful thinking to the extreme.
    His hands are tied when Russia and China veto military intervention. It's probably the only plan he had.

    I would have hoped Arab nations would have acted themselves, but, alas.

    Edited:

    I'm guessing France will surrender 3 days after it votes.

    s0 fuNny +like
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    I'm guessing France will surrender 3 days after it votes.

    You may laugh now, but remember the French Revolution
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    You may laugh now, but remember the French Revolution
    The French fought to become a Republic

    They surrendered to become an Empire instead

    To a non-Frenchman, I might add
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    What's all this I'm hearing on the news about the possible use of a SCUD on a neighborhood?

    Isn't the use of SCUD missiles a massive escalation of the situation? Now they're just leveling entire city blocks!
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    The French fought to become a Republic

    They surrendered to become an Empire instead

    To a non-Frenchman, I might add
    That man brought them to epic heights.
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    i brought your mom to epic heights last night


    and i'd like to see an end to burying people alive
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  15. Post #15
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    Dennab
    January 2006
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    The French fought to become a Republic

    They surrendered to become an Empire instead

    To a non-Frenchman, I might add
    ladies and gentlemen, self-proclaimed history major who doesn't know that Corsica is a french island.
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    ladies and gentlemen, self-proclaimed history major who doesn't know that Corsica is a french island.
    To be fair, a lot of Corsica didn't want to be part of France (and, iirc, Napoleon hated France for most of his life as well)

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    The French fought to become a Republic

    They surrendered to become an Empire instead

    To a non-Frenchman, I might add
    Constantly adding that emote does not make your post any funnier or less idiotic. Just stop posting.
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  18. Post #18
    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
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    HOW TOTALLY SINCERE OF THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT

  19. Post #19
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    Dennab
    November 2008
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    It's Alain Juppé who said that, you should just simply ignore that guy

  20. Post #20
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    Damn, seems like the only results of the Arab Spring are to bring Western bombs down on their heads.

    Not that getting bombed by France would be better or worse than getting shelled by Assad.