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  10:19:25  14 April 2018
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nashathedog
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A thread for news from around the World.
  10:35:15  14 April 2018
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nashathedog
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Military strikes in Syria. 13th April 2018

Is a War inevitable?

I wake up today to find that the US, UK & French military have struck targets in Syria, It appears that these strikes were not intercepted and at this point there's no news regarding any retaliatory action.

It's likely a response will come but in what form and who will be targeted?

The biggest concern here in the UK is an escalation that leads to a Nuclear exchange, We are are too small a country to survive a modern day nuclear attack and I worry for my 5 children & 4 grandchildren.

What are your thoughts on this topic?
Was this attack justified?
Will it escalate into a larger conflict?

It'll be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts but please keep it civil, Cheers.
  23:25:23  14 April 2018
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Lord_Santa
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I'll give 2 of my many, many, many cents (I usually refrain from discussing politics on-line - so this will be an exception)

the U.S., U.K. & France had to act, there was no other option - they (supposedly) did it with surgical precision and (supposedly) avoided any Russian or Iranian casualties

if they had not acted then Syria (and by extension Russia) would (in my opinion) most likely have seen that as a reason to 'further push the limits'

as for Russia - they are currently test-firing missiles a couple of miles outside the coast from where I reside (Sweden) - the second time they have military-training very close to Sweden in the past three weeks, or so - forcing us to cancel flights, etc. - all in a display of power

I don't think neither Russia nor USA wants anyone to press any wrong button here, especially not with North Korea still lurking about in the shadows, not to mention what other players might enter the battlefield and let's not forget that China is more than just plastic-toys at cheap prices

nah - I think we're going to have a slow stalemate which will in time stabilize and leave the world catching its breath,,, yet again...

(my opinions are based solely upon my personal observation of the geopolitical stage at the moment and does not necessarily reflect Reality in any way, shape or form - for all I know we could all be doomed within the next-coming 24 hours; I just don't find it likely)
  10:35:27  15 April 2018
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---QUOTATION---
Military strikes in Syria. 13th April 2018

Is a War inevitable?

I wake up today to find that the US, UK & French military have struck targets in Syria, It appears that these strikes were not intercepted and at this point there's no news regarding any retaliatory action.

It's likely a response will come but in what form and who will be targeted?

The biggest concern here in the UK is an escalation that leads to a Nuclear exchange, We are are too small a country to survive a modern day nuclear attack and I worry for my 5 children & 4 grandchildren.

What are your thoughts on this topic?
Was this attack justified?
Will it escalate into a larger conflict?

It'll be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts but please keep it civil, Cheers.
---END QUOTATION---



Like Lord Santa I also normally refrain but can't resist.
Democracy doesn't work for me; I don't trust Governments or politicians, I still vote but allow my wife to tick whatever box she likes on our postal vote forms.
Assad's winning the war, why would he? The Russians are trying to spin the Salisbury atrocity, why would they let him? the only ones who benefit are on the losing side in Syria.
I don't trust any side but support the side who's culture, principles most closely align with mine - the West.
  13:49:09  15 April 2018
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nashathedog
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Thanks for the input guy's. I agree that the use of chemical weapons should be stopped or those using them deterred from doing so again. That's a given.

What I don't understand is why the Syrian Government would of used chemical weapons at this point in time. I was under the impression that Assad's regime has all but won the Syrian Civil War thanks to the support of Russia, yes it isn't over but they do have the momentum moving in their favour so why?

Russia has an agenda and they support Assad's government to kerb the West's involvement in the region and they're not idiots, They'd know that the use of chemical weapons at this time would undermine everything they've done to keep the country in Assad's hands, as does he.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjvIMTY-QNI
  22:59:24  17 April 2018
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nashathedog
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Can we really trust what we're shown online anymore?

No.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ54GDm1eL0
  23:23:43  17 April 2018
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Lord_Santa
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trust, is far a greater issue than just whether to believe what you see on-line or not; traditional news-media is unfortunately also heavily influenced by what goes on in both social media, as well as various claims to truth - certainly not to the degree that individuals and/or politicians may be (or certain news-channels), but even so, enough that the only reliable source of information that you will ever get is whichever one you decide gives you the most likely representation [of] the truth

the only way to find that out, is by analyzing the sources of the material which has caught your attention and digging as far as you deem necessary in order to properly assure you that the information provided was indeed correct

the blunt ignorance of people sharing 'news' on social media, especially in the form of various meme's, without any own research on the topic, is the main issue to worry about

apart from that, if you watch/read traditional news, find out their sources - google some name, google some statistics/reports/studies, etc. - it only takes as much time as you give it

recently I have seen a simple meme on Facebook, showing of a prominent Swedish historian, with a supposed 'quote' with regards to immigration-issues

this supposed 'quote' can be found on a variety of websites all over the Internet, dating back to '07; but nowhere, no matter how deep you dig, will you ever find the exact source; the exact context at which this had supposedly been said

now, a meme doesn't say much - one might think; but a picture of a famous person, along with a supposed quote - which may sound fitting for said person and/or very, very fitting for any major current events can cause a great deal of harm, once it's been 'shared out of control' and thus misinformation gets spread, thus the most important thing we can do to 'protect ourselves' against misinformation is by not taking things at face value, especially not on-line
  12:22:36  18 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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https://i.imgur.com/JhLuZd6.jpg

TS
  21:55:25  18 April 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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I thought this one was pretty funny too:

https://i.imgur.com/oA7tUWU.jpg

TS
  15:42:26  22 April 2018
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nashathedog
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'It will not be very pleasant,' Iran warns, if Trump sabotages nuclear deal

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/22/it-will-not-be-very-pleasant-iran-warns-if-trump-scraps-nuclear-deal

The US has stepped on a lot of toes over the years but for now all we'll likely see is saber rattling however, If it's conventional military is unable to sustain it's dominant position on the world stage things will change.
 
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