Black People Politics : 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

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    ... A much applauded break-down on the Syrian Equation:






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    By Max Fisher and the Washington Post Foreign Staff


    9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to as

    The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

    If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it.
    Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: Syria and its history are really complicated; this is not an exhaustive or definitive account of that entire story, just some background, written so that anyone can understand it.



    9 questions and answers

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/
     
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    Yes, yvw ... The article has over 3 million hits and Max Fisher has received many good accolades, about keeping it simple and making the calculus clear:)
     
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    UN details 'chilling' Syria sarin attack


    The United Nations on Monday revealed what it called "chilling" details of a sarin gas attack in Syria, leaving the major powers to battle over who was responsible.
    UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria as "a war crime" as the country's conflict again spilled into neighboring nations, with Turkey saying it had shot down a Syrian military helicopter.
    UN experts said they had gathered "clear and convincing evidence" that surface-to-surface rockets took sarin gas into the opposition-held Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21.
    The United States, which had threatened a military strike on Syria over the attack, says more than 1,400 people were killed in Ghouta.
    http://news.yahoo.com/clear-evidence-sarin-syria-un-inspectors-140044453.html

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    By Max Fisher and the Washington Post Foreign Staff



    The U.N. chemical weapons report is pretty damning for Assad



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    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks to the media after briefing the Security Council on the weapons inspectors report on chemical weapons in Syria. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    The United Nations has released a report on its formal investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Damascus. The report appears to strongly confirm that chemical weapons, including notoriously deadly sarin gas, were used against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Aug. 21. The investigation found that a disturbing 85 percent of blood samples and 91 percent of urine samples taken in the area tested positive for sarin.
    While the investigation was barred from assigning blame, a number of details in the report seem to strongly suggest that the government of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was likely responsible. Here are a few:


    1. Chemical weapons were delivered with munitions not used by rebels.


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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...l-weapons-report-is-pretty-damning-for-assad/


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    Max Fisher is the Post's foreign affairs blogger. He has a master's degree in security studies from Johns Hopkins University. Sign up for his daily newsletter here. Also, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
     
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