Comments on: Syria demands a new policy Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 By: azereta Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:24:09 +0000 Mr,David Rohde you are out of your feeble mind, the way to peace is non violence, not arming thugs. You are a very bad journalist.

By: RamziJaber Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:59:12 +0000 You state “Obama Sending Wrong Message on Syrian Lives”. How about Obama’s message on Palestinian lives?? Non-existent. No value. No importance. No word.

By: mcanterel Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:01:15 +0000 A tip of the hat for all the commentors here who called out the racist, barbarian, inhumane call to arm of this nutty journalist.
Syria is my country, keep your filthy hands off it, you Saudi, Qatari, Israeli supporter Rhode! What are saying? These are democracies we should be imitating?
Some crazy whacks work at Reuters…

By: Fromkin Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:14:55 +0000 “The problem, though, is that jihadists are becoming the most influential and well-armed insurgents in Syria”

How if no one is giving them weapons? And they’re influencing no one but western journos.

For this journalist and others Syria is some kind of killing experiment. Just send more weapons(to terrorists) they advocate. For what? They know rebels will never defeat the Syrian army. They just want bloodshed. Somehow they think this will weaken Hezbollah and Iran.

Syria DEMANDS get away!!!

By: musicmouse Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:39:49 +0000 In Afghanistan the Taliban has at some times controlled most of the country and it might well win when the US leaves. Yet according to opinion polls its popularity is some 6 to 8 percent. The key to its success: support from outside.

Similarly Turkish, Saudi and Qatari support have made the Syrian opposition bigger than it really is. In fact support for Assad and the rebels is about equal.

To solve the conflict Syria needs a real dialogue: 02/peace-in-syria-how-it-can-be-done.htm l

By: Shamizar Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:16:15 +0000 I have a much better idea than any of Rohde’s. Let’s just stay the hell out of it. God forbid there should be a war anywhere in the world and we aren’t in the thick of it! We don’t need any more Middle East problems, not with an albatross like Israel around our necks

By: westernshame Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:43:45 +0000 “Why, then, isn’t the United States even partly in?”

oh how soon we forget….. or how soon they hoped we’d forget.

it was just 8 months ago that Reuters ran this story 1/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK 20120801

clearly stating that the us president had already earlier signed a secret order for the CIA and other US agencies to help the “rebels” with a regime change.

and and lets face it, this is a wet dream for the US. they’ve got al Qaeda fighting Hezbollah, Iran and Syria in Syria. in their eyes how could it get any better, they’ve got their hated enemies fighting their other hated enemies in a country they don’t care about.

and if tens of thousands of innocent civilians have to die in the process, that’s just the price of “democracy”

By: JohnGlobe Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:31:27 +0000 When the uprising started in Syria, it was initiated by some intellectuals and young people who expressed legitimate demands. The peaceful and legitimate uprising was immediately hijacked by Qatar and Turkey. Both countries recruited, trained, and armed extremists and get them into Syria. Now, Syria is a farm and training ground for terrorists from all over.
Today, the Saudi Newspaper Al Sharq al awasat reported that the Prince of Caucasus Region (an extremist group who are engaged in various terroristic activities) along with many hard line extremists have joined the fighters in Syria. In addition, other fighter groups in Syria announced yesterday that fighters from Saudi Arabia, Gaza, and Libya were killed.
Those who call for arming extremists and send weapons to them are partners of the widespread destruction and bloodshed that Syria is experiencing. History will not forgive terrorists or those who help them to transfer a beautiful country into ghost towns and broken and homeless families. Terrorism is a menace to civilization and must not be supported because Israel does not like the regime in Syria.

By: diddums Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:13:35 +0000 Its amazing how pathetic “reporters” are these days. Reuters and indepth analysis are strangers these days.

By: xcanada2 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:52:08 +0000 Mr. Rohde says:
“And we are missing a strategic opportunity to weaken Iran and Hezbollah.”

And I ask, why would be want to weaken Iran and Hezbollah???

After all, Iran appears to be as much of a democracy as American is: Elected representatives ruled from above. Except they have a ruling class led by Ayatollah Kamenei, an identifiable man with some morals, for example, no nuclear weapons.

And we Americans are led by an unidentifiable 0.01 percent who have bought out our elected representatives, our media, Hollywood, and have the most advanced means to tell us what to think. Plus, they have lead our economy into the dumps (except for the 0.01% continues to progress). Plus, a military working for this 0.01 percent which is exerting hegemony over as much as possible of the whole world, and which we are forced to pay for.. And they want more of our money to spend on over-seas operations, even when we are getting near to being broke. People are losing their jobs, and their self-respect in our country, because of the scams of the 0.01%.

And Hezbollah: twice kicked the invading, land usurping Israelis out of Lebanon. I mean, who wouldn’t support such protectors of the Lebanese people? (Answer: Zionist land-grabbers, their brain-washed supporters, and other carpet-baggers.)

I’d say: US keep out of Syria. Also, keep our Arab dictator buddies out of Syria. There was the beginning of a democracy movement in Syria, then it was clearly usurped by the criminals, mercenaries, desperate young men (thugs) trying to make a buck, and zealots, all supported by Saudis, Emirates, and Turkey (probably sucked in by the West). We should support Assad, the government of Syria (not some Western made-up group), and seek to persuade him to loosen up on democracy; certainly he would be ready for it by now. This is what we would do if we really cared for Syrians, and for peace.

Not to mention that Russia and China are clearly coming out as the good guys in the Middle East. While we cling to our oil sheiks. Yes, I’d say President Obama could be doing a lot worse in the ME, for example, sticking with Mubarak to the bitter end. But Egyptian spring was clearly a people movement, whereas the Syrian democracy was immediately usurped by the ME power mongers and we have no way of knowing really what Assad would have done. 70,000 deaths without the outside involvement, seems extremely unlikely.

Iran and Hezbollah, along with Russia and China, seem to be the sensible people in this game. We should be working with them for democracy in Syria, not against them.