Common Dreams Reader Survey on the U.S. Response to Syria
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Using military force to gain greater control of world affairs.
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controlling the outcome in the interests of US elites
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100,000 have died in Syria. This is the tragedy. There is no place for America in this mess. It's a civil war, we need no involvement.
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The real goal would never be shared with a little citizen like me. I'm sure the real reason has nothing to do with the human suffering of people in that region.
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Humanitarian effort and Diplomacy
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Syria is in the path of the final goal - Iran.
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Gain further foothold in region :/
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I believe the real aim of the US (and Israel!) is to maintain the horror in Syria for as long as possible. Make sure no one wins and sit back and watch those bloodthirsty Arabs kill each other off.
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tom hartmann show 9.9:iran, saudia Arabia, quatar, Iraq found huge deposits of natural gas and need a pipeline through Syria..Syria said NO
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To appease AIPAC & Israel.
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Undermining Iran, supporting Israel/Saudi Arabia
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To pad the pockets of Raytheon and other corporations. As other wars wind down, we have to pick up a new one. We tried militarizing the border, but Americans were not fond of that - so they moved to Syria.
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The US needs to install its own puppet dictator to advance US interests in the region. Just as we do all over the Mideast. That's what makes us Exceptional!
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Breakinf Syria -Iran ties
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It should be to care for refugees and make honest diplomatic efforts to reduce violence. No such efforts have yet been made, except when Russia called Kerry's bluff.
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stop working for Saudi Arabia and other dictatorships including AIPAC
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Perhaps it is expandied control over the whole middle eastern region (and beyond). Undoubtedly it has to do, also, with control over natural resources in that region and somewhere, somehow the Rightwing Israeli agenda, and US backing of that agenda, is a piece.
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stop exploiting countries with ties to oil
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Stop pushing the Zionist agenda, hijacked America!
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US installed, compliant government that will allow U.S. interests to have access to natural gas reserves and to build a pipeline through Iran and Syria to Mediterranean.
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Oil pipeline
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Humanitarian
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preservation of the petro dollar...
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it should be humanitarian aid
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Achieving US domination of the Middle East.
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The goal is not obvious, like most of the US's goals in the Middle East. It probably has to do with Iran, energy "security", and global power structures. But I'm not sure.
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Prevent Saudi, Israeli and other foreign governments from meddling and press for peace summit
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Creating peace in the region
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to drag Iran in via their pact with Syria. Prevent Russia and Iran from controlling oil market and then of US dollar as world's reserve currency. china is watching and waiting--they have different concept of time...
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It's pretty muddled now. Supposedly stopping the civil war and deterring Syria and other nations or groups from using Chemical weapons.
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We should withdraw from the Middle East

and pay for reparations.
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Part of the Great Game (part 2). Domination of the Middle East.
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Keeping the US in a constant state of fear and war so that the people don't focus on the problems here at home.
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Mediating to protect human life
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Assad's forces started shelling refugee camps in Turkey, he gave our president all the legal pretext he needed for military action WITHOUT the approval of congress, as Turkey is a NATO ally.

We should have availed ourselves of the opportunity to exploit the military vulnerability Assad telegraphed to us when he ordered those particular missiles from Russia, namely, that he has no defense against our B-52's, and turn his airfields into gravel.

Had we done so, Assad never would have regained the momentum, and he would have enjoyed the Mussolini treatment by now, and there would have been little purpose in Islamists streaming in from all over the old Caliphate.

Now things are markedly more complex, because of our hesitance.

I would still eliminate his airfields, and with them his monopoly over the skies, bu the ground war is a more complex problem.

Right now, there is a civil war within a civil war, with Kurds fighting the jihadists in the north, while secular rebels are trying to maintain an uneasy alliance with them in the south.

Having eliminated Assad's air forces, I would provide temporary logistics for the Kurds in the north and the secularists in the south, and then revisit possible renewal of the that suppor in 30 days or so for the southern forces, but NOT the Kurds, as we can't be gearing them up to turn on their heels and attack Turkey.

We should NOT, under any circumstances provide ground troops, not even for "peacekeeping" purposes.
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Keeping US war economy strong.
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Whatever AIPAC wants
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To destabilize the region to precipitate the Shiite/ Sunni hegemonic fight in a manner that resolves in the favor of US imperialism. It doesn't really work anymore to try and stabilize nations (see Iraq/ Afganistan) or install puppet dictators, so now they are trying to rock the boat, tip it over and hurry up the inevitable slaughter of millions of so-called "extremist" unfriendly muslims. The US wants their natural resources, and the few remaining population to buy US goods and services and treasury bills. All of this is a check against Russian/ Chinese power to prevent the loss of the dollar as the world's reserve currency and its use for buying/ selling oil.
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Ostensibly of course we need to stop al Assad using chemical weapons, but really that is the tip of the iceberg. He will continue to use every of the many weapons at his disposal to kill his people. Chemical weapons are the foulest and most despicable to have been used amongst others. In reality the international community needs to take action to break the regime's hold on power to create space for the self determination of the Syrian people. Therefore I would say that all of the above (1-4) are essential.
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Strategic positioning for future invasion of Iran
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Obama needs a good spanking !!!!
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Projecting US power in the mideast to let other governments there know we control that area.
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Resolving disputes throught diplomacy, negotiation with the assist of the UN and the ICC.
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The situation in Syria should be addressed by the UN and the International Criminal Courts
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stay the hell out of Syria
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stop the killing of innocent citizens--men, women and children
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Complete economic and political control of the entire ME for zionist israel and then on to Iran and eastern Africa.
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This is likely setting the stage to eventually attack Iran.
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Peace and human rights, NOT war.
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Deposing Assad, installing a US-friendly Syrian government, then attacking Iran -- the aim being to have total control over strategic petro fields, waterways, and pipeline routes. Maintaining the dollar as the prime currency standard may be involved, as well.
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peaceful reconciliation and providing help to the refugees and injured and mourning people of Syria.
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giving banksters control of Syrian economy
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It is in the proper scope of USA's national interest to promote peace and stability in the Middle East, but not to inflict American style democracy or American style market economies in pursuit of that. It is in the proper scope of UN global interests to prevent ethnocentric or religious war that inevitably leads to centuries upon centuries of genocide.
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US-Israel hegemony in the region and to destabilize Iran
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Helping refugees
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There is another goal that is currently not being revealed.
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Regional hegemony
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Isolating Iran. Israel likes that too.
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Mind our own business for a change.
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Subjugate Syria for the purpose of introducing a privatized central bank; additionally, to use aging Tomahawk missiles in preparation for newer, smarter weaponry.
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Military Industrial Congressional Complex needs a new blood sacrifice.
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Regime change - more of the same destabilizing and destruction of human life and society
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None of the above.
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I so not understand what U.S. interests are in Syriia.They have not been clearly articulated to the U. S. public.
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Strategic positioning of US forces and economic influence in the region are the real, unspoken, goals.
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Justifying the obscene military budget, probably getting oil, enriching arms manufacturers and other war profiteers.
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MIC slavishly following the neocon's 1999 masterplan for globaldominance: Project for the New American Century!
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Humanitarian aid to refugees from drought and civil war.
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Protecting civilians. The challenge is how to have a civilian oriented policy that isn't military. We can support refugee camps or negotiate a DMZ.
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Help transnational corporations get easier access to Mideast oil & gas.
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Dominating Middle East; getting cheap oil; stopping Iran
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Israel doesn't want Iran-Syria pipeline? Rothschild banksters want to ruin the petro-banks who don't charge their people interest? The global elites want to use our military to guard private corporate oil interests?
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Imperialism rearing its ugly head.
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Weaken Syria so as to weaken Iran's influence in Lebanon. Cut off the rout to Hezbollah.
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The goal SHOULD be allowing the Syrians to determine their own fate as a nation. I have no idea what is IS, except to defend Israel's interests.
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What did the U.N. investigators discover re: who used chemical weapons in Syria? One of our 'goals' should be to get an answer to THAT question!
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We should use this opportunity to strengthen the mission of the United Nations, and begin the establishment of peace by signing and ratifying treaties aimed at further reducing and eliminating the devastating weapons that the U.S. makes so much money from selling - this would do much for reducing the threats against the U.S. simply for the gross hypocrisy that has been our nation's hallmark.
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News
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To invade yet another country for the sole purpose of exploiting their resources to the point of exhaustion.
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As a counter to Russia and Iran, the U.S. is using Syria as a proxy enemy. If Syria had oil, there WOULD be U.S. "boots on the ground".
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saving face
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Getting the weapons out of Syria
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Put financial punishment/limitations/pressure on all Countries and Corporations that supplied Syria with chemical weapons and sign a universal ban on chemical weapons anywhere and everywhere. Go to the source of the violation not the symptoms.
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Contrloing the area and it's resources.
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de-escallation of regional tensions, increasing regional stability, containment of rogue state and peaceful strategies aimed at ending violence and human rights crimes and abuses within Syria.
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"let's talk"
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helping the refugees
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Bring Assad to the Haig to be tried for war crimes.
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oil and natural gas

russia's only staple in mid east
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Rather than try to weaken Iran, we ought to work with Russia and others to reduce tensions; a first step is to welcome the initiatives to have an independent agencies dismantle the chem weapons dumps.
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humanitarian mission for those displaced
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furthering U.S. power, particularly against Iran
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Keeping Israel happy by denying access to chemical weapons to the Hezbollah.
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Supporting serious peace initiatives
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Feed the beast aka as the military industrial complex.
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Not that this should be the top goal but I believe that the US's top goal in Syria and the Middle East is to control access to oil. We are also unduly influenced by AIPEC and Israeli desires to reconfigure the power balance in the area. I do believe that this is not in the best interest of peace for the area and the world.
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Atacking Iran
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No intervention. U.S. should encourage a negotiated settlement and moral support for democracy and human rights.
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My goal or the Admin.? I say oil and gas at the bottom; Admin says regime change and humanitarian reasons.
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Furthering the interests of Israel, destroying the Islamic non-usury banking system, moving on to attack Iran, and grabbing all the resources possible.
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