Hitting Syria to deter Iran?

Hitting Syria to deter Iran?

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#1 Sep 1, 2013
Hitting Syria to deter Iran?
by Barbara Slavin
August 31, 2013 | 7:54AM ET

Iran may be a major factor in Obama's consideration of military action in Syria

Although President Barack Obama may soon launch a limited military strike on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, a second Middle Eastern country has loomed large in his administration's calculations over the decision.

One of the risks of "doing nothing" in response to the alleged large-scale attacks of Aug. 21 on the people of East Ghouta, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Aug. 30, is that "Iran, which itself has been a victim of chemical weapons attacks, will now feel emboldened, in the absence of action, to obtain nuclear weapons."

The "hit-Syria-to-deter-Iran " argument is embedded in the notion that unless the United States acts forcefully after concluding that the regime has used chemical weapons, U.S. credibility will suffer -- possibly prompting Israel to strike Iran. But Tehran figures in the Syria crisis in a number of other ways, and there is evidence that the Obama administration's thinking about Iran's role is evolving -- as is Iran's own assessment about how to contain the Syrian civil war.

These people have been killing each other for thousands of years. They are suppose to be our enemy so why stop them from killing each other? Our filthy, deceitful government is up to no good.

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