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What should we be doing to help in Syria?

Last year, we’d do daily updates with news stories from various news sources regarding the Middle East.  This year, I want to do something similar, only I’m going to try to frame the stories into topics for discussion.  So today, think about what you feel the US should be doing regarding the Syrian protests.  Oh and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments area on the blog.  Some things to think about: We (the US) already have commitments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.  Other world powers have strongly defined interests in Syria.  The general sentiment within the Middle East still seems ambiguous.  Supposedly life in Damascus is no different from before.

And now this: Al Jazeera reports that Mahmood Ahmadinejad of Iran is calling for an end to the crackdowns.

Another interesting article from Al Jazeera says that Syrian protesters are calling for foreign aid.

“Calling for outside intervention is a sensitive issue that could be used by the regime to label its opponents as traitors. We are calling for international observers as a first step,” spokesman Ahmad al-Khatib told Reuters news agency.

“If the regime refuses it will open the door on itself for other action, such as no-tank or no-fly zones,” he said, adding that Assad’s forces have killed 3,000 civilians, thousands have been arrested and thousands more are counted as missing.


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