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YARZE, Lebanon (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad voted Wednesday at embassies abroad, clogging entrances to the Lebanese capital for hours and clashing with soldiers overwhelmed by their sheer numbers a week before national elections widely expected to give him a third seven-year term.
But reflecting the schism within Syrian society, many of the estimated 2.5 million refugees scattered across neighboring countries were either excluded or abstained from the balloting, which they deem a mockery because it is being held in the middle of a civil war.
Nevertheless, Assad has insisted on holding elections amid the carnage, running against two little-known candidates seen as symbolic contenders. He has maintained significant support among large sections of the population, particularly among Christians, Alawites and other religious minorities. That support has been reinforced as Islamic militants gained more strength among the rebels fighting to topple him.
originally posted by: charles1952
a reply to: seeker1963
You are a popular and long term member, so I'm almost embarrassed to say this. What are you talking about?
If we got rid of lobbyists and stopped treating wounded veterans, how would that affect Syrian elections?
As we noted yesterday, President Obama is saying he is contemplating arming and training Syrian rebels (just the 'moderates' which will be identified by their smiles). However, as the following PBS Frontline documentary exposes, the Syrian rebels themselves say they are already armed and trained by US in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, "how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush." The interviews are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels, as PBS notes "it appears the Obama administration is allowing select groups of rebels to receive US-made anti-tank missiles."
I guess in a round about way Charles I am saying as a lot of people already have is this, "We do not have any reason to be involved in taking out Assad!"!
Now let me clarify that, because you are right in your assumption to call me out!
I heard Obama bring up Syria again!!!!
Then Wrabbit brought up this................
I am just putting 2 and 2 together and believe me "Common Core" has nothing to do with how I do my math!
I may even have it printed out and framed.
Well if an terrorist Syrian opposition were to run i am sure they would be very reliable.
Hey, that's really neat. So.....Everyone who votes from abroad is likely pro Assad and given the fact there is a dangerous civil war afoot, the most controlled and accessible places to vote very like are in Government zones of control. Uh-Huh.. I can see lines of pilgrims crossing the battle lines to vote. (sigh) Why did he bother??
originally posted by: intrptr
One fighter in here says the impression he gets from his trainers in Qatar is that they don't want either side to win. Just keep on fighting.
One is Wrabbit2000's belief that we can have whatever opinions we want (he's slightly pro-Assad), but it's best we stay out of it. I think that's a position that most people agree with, but if I'm wrong, let me know.