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carisacoley

6 months ago

something none of our political parties have explained to my satisfaction.

Al Qaeda linked groups the world over are referred to as 'terrorists'. Apart from Syria, where they are referred to as rebels who need our support against Assad.

Any opinions?
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pennytuson

  6 months ago
none
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nuttall38

  6 months ago
no
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nuttall38

  6 months ago
no vommemtd.
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carisacoley

  6 months ago
there is a difference between what the press are saying and what the politicians are saying. The press have reported AQ and Islamist involvement, atrocities and possible use of nerve gas (UN report from May) which the politicians simply choose to ignore. I find it incredible that we are prepared to help and (if the UN allows it) carry out airstrikes in support of groups backed by the perpetrators of 9/11, 7/7, Madrid and many other terrorist acts.
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bobgrason

  6 months ago
its true, Al Qaeda linked groups the world over are referred to as terrorists unless our government wants them to win, or at least take power. When Iran and Iraq went to war in the last century, the American ambassador, although nominally supporting Iraq, made it clear that the ideal situation would be that they both lose. When one looks at the western European and American attitude to the so called Arab spring a very similar idea is in evidence. Particularly in Egypt, although broadly supporting the removal of Hosni Mubarak, in no way could they support the Muslim brotherhood, Mussi was therefor on borrowed time from the beginning. In Tunisia and Libya the jury is still out. As for Syria the world waits with bated breath, but should it be a pro-Islamic anti western government that emerges then it will be branded a terrorist, or terrorist inspired rogue state and treated accordingly
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macmac3

  6 months ago
no you have got it wrong if you listened to what has been reported then you would have notest that the original uprising was started by the people then was taken over by the brotherhood a terrorist group linked to al Qaeda this has allways been reported hence we have a problem if we arm the people of Syria then we arm the terrorists groups that have flocked to Syria , that then may use are own arms on us
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arrietypod

  6 months ago
Perhaps the Syrian rebels are not actually linked to Al Qaeda?
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flossiefrompike

  6 months ago
Yes it is confusing. Since Al Qaeda here are amongst the mob indirectly opposing the bad guys Russia and Iran, then they naturally become the good guys and we've got to send them as much money and weapons as poss., much like we did for them a few years back when Russia was having its own go at Afghanistan. Course all this subtlety is lost on these guys themselves, or anybody come to that, since they would cheerfully bop anybody within bopping distance but preferably anybody not of a muslim persuasion. So it's a short lived popularity and once we've satisfactorily done away with Iran or anybody else who's got something we want or even looks a bit fishy, they'll presumably get to be be the good old bad guy terrorists again and we can all start blowing up somewhere else. A sort of grizzly perpetual motion that just keeps feeding itself, probably only ending when somebody realises who the real bad guys are. Not just anybody can be a diplomat juggling world intrigues though, you've got to go to a special school and have loads of influential friends. Anything between the ears an optional extra
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trevjohn

  6 months ago
There's a periodic definition flip-flop re- freedom fighter vs terrorist by predator states who feel they'll gain favour from regime change. They then often gang-up to facilitate their ambition.
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For an excellent analysis potted in an 8 minute TV interview, in his show 'Double Standards' (at PressTV.ir) Afshin Rattansi interviewed Pepe Escobar, a well seasoned Brazilian reporter and author.
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The programme aired around Jan 20 2013. I have it recorded, but there's still a transcript here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/285701.html
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LizWindsor

  6 months ago
Politicians call rebel groups' terrorists' if they want us to hate them and 'freedom fighters' if they want us to support them, other than that there's no difference. It's about the way they use language to try and control the way we think. Another example is the way foreigners legally living & working here are 'immigrants' but British people doing the same abroad are 'ex-pats'.
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