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Obama: ‘I didn’t set a red line’ on Syria, ‘the world set a red line’

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the world had set “a red line” for Syria and the international community’s credibility was at stake if it did not take action against the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Obama made the remarks after arriving in Sweden for a two-day visit,…

Jon Stewart: The ‘red line’ Syria crossed is actually a ‘d*ck-measuring ribbon’

Returning to the familiar sight of the U.S. threatening to attack a Middle Eastern country, Jon Stewart dismissed the posturing surrounding a possible military strike against Syria on The Daily Show on Tuesday. “Oh, right — we have to bomb Syria because we’re in seventh grade,” Stewart said. “And the…

Americans don’t want U.S. military strike against Syria, poll finds

Two new polls out Tuesday have found strong opposition to US military intervention in Syria among a war-weary American public despite increasing support in Washington for punitive strikes. A survey carried out by the Pew Research Center over the weekend found that 48 percent of Americans oppose “conducting military airstrikes”…

British government says big change needed before new Syria vote

The British government has said it has no plans to hold another parliamentary vote on Syria air strikes after last week’s defeat but might revisit the issue if circumstances change “very significantly”. Prime Minister David Cameron lost a House of Commons ballot on Thursday on taking action to punish Syria…

Comedian Lee Camp: Supporting war in Syria makes believing in Scientology look sensible

Comedian and activist Lee Camp sounded off against the burgeoning campaign for a military strike against the Syrian government, likening it to buying into Scientology, which he described as the religion in which “Tom Cruise is the Virgin Mary and Will Smith is the Burning Bush.” “L. Ron Hubbard didn’t…

French lawmakers ‘to see proof Syria regime behind attack’

France will hand over evidence to lawmakers on Monday proving President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was behind last month’s chemical weapons attack in Syria, a government source told AFP. “It will be a set of evidence of different kinds that will allow the regime to be clearly identified as responsible for…

Syrians mock Obama the ‘coward’

“He who talks a lot doesn’t act,” said Souad, a Damascus resident, mocking US President Barack Obama as a “coward” for delaying a decision to attack the Syrian regime. “Obama is a coward. He didn’t strike because he knows that our President Bashar (al-Assad) is all-powerful,” said the employee of…

Iran claims U.S. Congress not ‘authorized’ to authorize Syria strikes

The US Congress is not authorised to green-light American military strikes against Syria as any such action would be in violation of international law, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday. Iran’s reaction came a day after US President Barack Obama said he was seeking congressional approval for punitive…

UN weapons inspectors return from Syria as clock ticks

The United Nations team of chemical weapons inspectors who spent almost two weeks investigating the attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in which hundreds of civilians died, have returned to their headquarters at The Hague in the Netherlands. There, they are beginning scientific analysis of samples designed to give…

Why liberal America is conflicted over military action in Syria

On the eve of another US military intervention in the Middle East, the American left finds itself conflicted, and therefore relatively quiet. According to the Pew Research Centre, 56% of Republicans support military action against Syria compared with 46% of Democrats; 24% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats are opposed.…

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