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February 24, 2013 - 7:58 am

Pulling out all the stops in order to stay in power and beat back the rebels, Syrian President Bashar Assad has taken to launching his highly inaccurate, but devastating Scud missiles into civilian neighborhoods in Aleppo.

Reuters:

The United States condemned a Syrian army Scud missile attack that killed dozens of people on Friday in the city of Aleppo, and invited the Syrian opposition for talks on finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict.

A State Department statement said the attack on a district of Aleppo and other assaults such as strikes on city blocks and a field hospital were “the latest demonstrations of the Syrian regime’s ruthlessness and its lack of compassion for the Syrian people it claims to represent.”

The statement, released on Saturday, could help placate the main Syrian opposition grouping, which turned down invitations to visit Washington and Moscow to protest what it described as international silence over the destruction of the historic city of Aleppo by government missile strikes.

Almost two years since the start of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, rebels have wrested large swathes of Syria from the control of Assad’s forces but the areas remain the target of army artillery, air strikes and, increasingly, missiles.

The decision by the Syrian National Coalition to spurn the invitations and to suspend participation in the Friends of Syria conference of international powers has put peace initiatives on ice.

In the State Department statement, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington hoped to meet soon with the leadership of the opposition umbrella group “to discuss how the United States and other friends of the Syrian people can do more to help the Syrian people achieve the political transition that they demand and that they deserve.”

Invitations from Washington and Moscow had been extended to opposition coalition leader Mouz Alkhatib after he met the Russian and U.S. foreign ministers in Munich earlier this month.

The Scud is a terror weapon — not much good as a tactical weapon due to its inaccuracy. Its use only adds to the butcher bill and continues the destruction of one of the oldest cities in the world.

Assad continues to walk right up to the red line and dare the west to respond. It is thought that Assad possesses chemical weapon warheads that he can launch using his Scuds, but unless the end is near, he won’t consider it. At that point, he’d have nothing to lose.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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When the end is near for Assad and Company, he can let loose in all directions with all the chemical and contagious germ weapons that he has. Red lines will not stop epidemics from: germs without borders. It is to be hoped that Obama
has plans for this outcome that involve more than issuing apologies to sick people.
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It's either the bad guys or the worse guys. So... which is which?
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Greetings:

Those are, as Fouad Ajami has written, the lands of "I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger".

No matter how many times we empty our treasury into their pockets, they are never going to love or even like us. Time and time again, Muslims have demonstrated that their concept of gratitude is like a Missouri-Warhol River; a verbal mile wide; an actual inch deep; and flowing for about 15 minutes.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.
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Even Saddam only used Scuds on an enemy country: Israel. So what does that say about non-Assad controlled areas of what I now have to call modern Mesopotamia.
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Greetings, rbj:

Not 100% sure, but I seem to remember Saddam sending a couple of those Scud puppies into Saudi Arabia ???
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That's right. Our greatest loss of life among our service members during the Gulf War.

Still, that was a recognized enemy.
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