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For nearly two generations the west has called upon nations around the world to seek freedom and democracy. Yet history often shows failure of the west to support democratic movements. Often coming down in favor of despotism when it is politically beneficial.

But now is one moment where this cannot be the case. Young people of the Middle East are looking out into the world and wondering why their reality is repressive and their opportunities so limited. From Iran to Libya this has been the case. Now Syria is rising in hope of change.

We cannot let our fears of Isalmic fundamentalism make us fail this time. The youth of the Middle East want positive change are no more likely to give into repressive Islamic movements than they are to continue tolerating the despotic leaders.

We must support the people of Syria and help show that our words promoting freedom are not empty.

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Why does the army kill its own people?

Turn on the govt. and get a new start.

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JapanGalFeb. 21, 2012 - 09:23AM JST Why does the army kill its own people Turn on the govt. and get a new start.

How do you know if all the rebels are their own people? Turn on the govt. and get a new start ? What, just like Egypt and Libya? The people who take over will be worse than the ones before them.

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VicMOsaka - you don't know that rule by the people will be any worst. Do you think the American revolution worked out into a perfect situation overnight? Change is hard, sometimes brutal and takes time. But the results can be phenominal over time. Freedom and liberty are possible in all the places you listed. But it will take time and struggle to achieve. This is not Twitter, it is reality.

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@tknoid2...well said

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With the UN once again showing how utterly useless it is and NATO nations unwilling to move its up to members of the Syrian military to man up and either start refusing to fire on civilians or defect. Turkey may not be willing to supply weapons but I don't think it would be against taking in military officials that develop a conscience.

Once you start indiscriminantly shelling your own city the legitimacy of your goverment pretty much goes out the window.

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tkoind2: For nearly two generations the west has called upon nations around the world to seek freedom and democracy.

Except in Iraq.

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"Except in Iraq."

The invasion of Iraq and the Arab Spring have absolutely nothing in common.

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Maybe someday Syrian rebels will mass outside Baby Assad's stronghold.

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Not without what John McCain is talking about. It's time for the Arab League to grow a pair.

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All this "irrational exuberance" about democracy, some call it "mob rule" as it is neither fair or good for the nation at times, A point to make is that the most comments here are totally predictable on national orgin and merely mirroring the press propaganda in the land there, rarely is there any credible perspectivty it's merely blather.

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to tkoind2

Often coming down in favor of despotism when it is politically beneficial.

Normal situation

But now is one moment where this cannot be the case.

What’s special ?

Young people of the Middle East are looking out into the world and wondering why their reality is repressive and their opportunities so limited. From Iran to Libya this has been the case.

Including occupied Iraq ? or not ?

Now Syria is rising in hope of change.

Fairy tale

We must support the people of Syria and help show that our words promoting freedom are not empty.

what about Libya ? All goes well ?

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