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Who's the Terrorist? Syria Calls US Raid "Terrorist Aggression"

Who's the Terrorist? Syria Calls US Raid "Terrorist Aggression"

Tensions are boiling in the Middle East after a US Special Operations mission took place inside Syria along its border with Iraq. On Sunday, reports broke that US helicopters, coming from Iraq, entered Syrian airspace to attack civilian buildings, killing eight people. The US confirmed the operation, without giving any details.

Now, Syria and Iran are speaking out against the "war crime." Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "Iran condemns in strongest terms any form of aggression or violation of the states’ territorial integrity, which leads to the death of innocent civilians." And as for Syria itself, the foreign minister spoke out today saying:

We consider this criminal and terrorist aggression. We put the responsibility on the American government. Killing civilians in international law means a terrorist aggression.

While the Europeans move toward warmer relations with Syria, the Bush Administration has contended for some time that the Syrians must do more to control the movement of insurgents along the border. The details behind the hit are still unclear, but some suspect Bush took a parting shot at what he deems an uncooperative country with ties too close to Iran.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
OK, you are missing the point (as usual). I'm not saying that we shouldn't be outraged because innocent civilians were accidently killed. However, an accident doesn't equate to terrorism. Can anyone agree with that?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
we dont know the mission, the objective, what went on , etc. So I cannot comment about this story. (other than to make this non comment)
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
I cannot fathom how people are able to think of WAR, as if it is a TEAMSPORT. Having said that, Even in sports, there are RULES that apply to BOTH teams. If "OUR" team does something wrong do we just overlook it or risk appearing disloyal? Nobody is siding with Al Qaeda, It is innocent civilians getting murdered that we are outraged about. Do you think that the parents of the 4 CHILDREN, hurt any less because, according to you this is an act of war, not an act of terrorism? Try explaining the difference to a mother with a dead child in her arms. Just remember, that this fuels the hatred of America and fills them with a desire to bring the SAME level of GRIEF and SUFFERING to our SHORES.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 8 years
"I find it unfathomable that anyone in America would side with Al Qaeda." As do I, but lately, not so much.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 8 years
steph- You defined terrorism for us. The way you defined it leads me to believe that even our police can't go in to kill or capture anyone who kills or plots to kill others, thus the mention of skinheads (who just plotted to kill many people recently), dissatisfied husbands (almost a daily thing these days) and gang members (continuing violence). So, where's the line?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
OK, I'll accept this for what it was, a military mission with the purpose of killing members of Al Qaeda terrorists, which also, unfortunately, killed civilians. Steph - We are at war with Al Qaeda, right? So, to attack a position where Al Qaeda is is not terrorism. I find it unfathomable that anyone in America would side with Al Qaeda.
otaku otaku 8 years
isn't it just sad that people are even debating this? sigh. i can not comprehend how anyone can defend this behaviour, but i suppose americans love to pull wool over their eyes. wake up and accept it for what it is. terrorism.
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Prncssann1, I bet they tricked the Americans into killing civilians, so that America would look like the Terrorists! And of course, Syria and Iran do not care about their citizens, not like the American govt, who sent young soldiers to war on a misguided premise, to die for reasons totally unrelated... to MONEY, POWER or OIL. Terrorism is a matter of perspective.
stephley stephley 8 years
Choo - Dave asked if it could be proven that we used violence to intimidate or coerce: if the purpose of the raid was to kill or capture al Qaeda members, then it would fall under the definition of intimidation - where you're going with not capturing al Qaeda members, skinheads and dissatisfied husbands isn't clear to me. Given our history with Syria, I sincerely doubt we coordinated our violation of their territory with anyone in Damascus.
siguros siguros 8 years
"HOW DO WE KNOW THE PEOPLE WERE INNOCENT?" Either way if they were American Hating Syrians or just innocent civilians ( which they probably were) there is a thing called a court in which we take up legal matter on all levels. We don't just go bomb a building and kill 4 children. Imagine the hysteria if that would have happened here in America. We are such hypocrites.
CHOOCHOO CHOOCHOO 8 years
"If the raid was intended to kill or capture al-Qaeda members, that would intimidate both al-Qaeda and anyone in the area who might consider supporting al-Qaeda." So, what does this mean? What is the end result of not killing or capturing al qaeda members? I am curious as to where this definition applies. Does this also apply to skinheads? Dissatisfied husbands? Gang members? Should we just stop capturing people who kill or plot to kill because we appear to be terrorists by killing or capturing them? And around and around we go. Given, crossing the border with Syria probably needed some coordination with the Syrian government. Maybe they got it and Syria doesn't want to appear to be a U.S. ally. As a member of the American public, I'm not so naive to think that we are given all the details of anything going on in this world, including this incident. I'll just add: al qaeda has never had an issue with using human shields. Who do we blame for that? Oh, right. The U.S.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>And how do we know that the civilians that were killed were innocent either? For all we know every one of them could have been terrorist supporters. Holy shit, seriously? So, perhaps we either just happened my sheer luck to knock off some bad guys or the U.S. secretly figured out who would be affected, secretly looked into them, secretly conducted trials, and then made sure they were the only ones to be hit?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
"And how do we know that the civilians that were killed were innocent either? For all we know every one of them could have been terrorist supporters." Yes, even the four children.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
And, once again, the time-tested strategy of calling a government illegitimate in order to justify our own actions against them :OY:
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
"I'd be willing to bet that the governments of both Syria and Iran are secretly thrilled that this has happened, because now they get to try to make America look like the bad guy." Bush is helping Syria in their fight against their own people! I knew it! I bet he gets a kickback from bin Laden himself for every child he kills!
stephley stephley 8 years
:oy:
prncssann1 prncssann1 8 years
I'd be willing to bet that the governments of both Syria and Iran are secretly thrilled that this has happened, because now they get to try to make America look like the bad guy. Those governments don't give a damn about their people. They care about money, oil and power. These are not good leaders with good intentions that we're talking about here. And how do we know that the civilians that were killed were innocent either? For all we know every one of them could have been terrorist supporters.
siguros siguros 8 years
I'm glad someone (country) is coming out publicly and without any hesitation in saying that this is clearly an act of terrorism. They hit 2 of our buildings and this kind of crap happens on a weekly basis for these people.
stephley stephley 8 years
If the raid was intended to kill or capture al-Qaeda members, that would intimidate both al-Qaeda and anyone in the area who might consider supporting al-Qaeda. It doesn't assume we came in targeting civilians, it assumes whether civilians were present or not was not a major concern.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Ok, so can you prove that we used violence to intimidate, or coerce? Doesn't that assume that we went into that village with the sole purpose of firing apon and killing those civilians?
stephley stephley 8 years
"Terrorism: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes"... it's terrorism. One man's soldier is the other's terrorist - everyone thinks their ends justify their means.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't and won't deny anyone the right to be outraged about the death of innocent civilians. I'm going to argue long and hard about calling something terrorist activities that isn't. If we made a mistake, we need to take actions to correct that mistake, and pay reparations if there is no other way to correct it. I believe that we didn't go into that village with the intention of killing civilians. It doesn't make their deaths irrelevant, but it isn't terrorism.
indielove indielove 8 years
Well said, Jessie.
stephley stephley 8 years
"But there is a difference between intentionally killing someone, and accidently killing someone. I'm not saying that you don't count the deaths, but don't compare those deaths to a terrorist attack, because they aren't the same." When you send several armed helicopters to attack a village, you aren't taking the time or making any effort to distinguish between civilians and bad guys - to the victims and the families of the victims, it's a terrorist attack.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Agreed Jude and unfortunately this is nothing new for the US. Somehow because we have honorable intentions, it excuses us from terrorists acts. I'm pretty sure most countries think that they are right. People wonder why other countries harbor all of this anger toward us. We have one of the best military in the world and we bully people with it. It is a disappoint to hear, but it doesn't shock me.
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