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Force Recon

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#1 12 years ago

The US has announced it is to give $5m (£2.87m) in grants to pro-democracy groups in Syria.

The funds are aimed at "accelerating the work of reformers", a State Department statement said.

A website has been set up for groups to apply for the grants - which will range from $100,000 to $1m.

On Wednesday the Bush administration asked Congress for $75m to increase TV and radio broadcasts to Iran and fund dissident groups there.

The move is part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (Mepi) launched by the US in 2002 to promote reform in the Middle East.

Announcing the grants, State Department official Elizabeth Cheney said the US stood firmly with those "struggling for their freedom across the Middle East".

"The people of Syria deserve the opportunity to build a better future and to live in freedom," she said.

Ties between the US and Syria are tense.

The US has accused Damascus of interfering in neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq. Syria denies the allegations.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4726270.stm

Syria as well as Iran is in dipshit.Assad better make those changes fast or he's going to get screwed.




Cattman2236

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#2 12 years ago

I can`t wait when the Americans have finished spreading Democracy around the middle east, I want to see what happens when they try to introduce it to China and Korea.

Anyway this is stupid

The US has accused Damascus of interfering in neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq. Syria denies the allegations

The Americans are acusing people again, Remember what happened last time




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#3 12 years ago

The US will eventually regret spreading democracy once these ''free'' countries start electing islamic extremists. Anyways, when will the US stop interfering in other countries internal affairs? The americans are worse than communists in their attempts to change the world, it takes time for a culture to adapt to western pseudo-democracy, you can't just ''impose'' it to peoples who lived under dictatorships for thousands of years. Sometimes it is better for a people to live under a stable, even if brutal, dictatorship than under an unstable democracy. I strongly believe that once they get democracy by themselves (reforms or revolution) they will keep it for good. If the support for democracy is not strong enough to overthrow their own countries, then its not even worth trying, yet.




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#4 12 years ago

Komrad_BThe US will eventually regret spreading democracy once these ''free'' countries start electing islamic extremists.

Anyways, when will the US stop interfering in other countries internal affairs? The americans are worse than communists in their attempts to change the world, it takes time for a culture to adapt to western pseudo-democracy, you can't just ''impose'' it to peoples who lived under dictatorships for thousands of years. Sometimes it is better for a people to live under a stable, even if brutal, dictatorship than under an unstable democracy.

I strongly believe that once they get democracy by themselves (reforms or revolution) they will keep it for good. If the support for democracy is not strong enough to overthrow their own countries, then its not even worth trying, yet.

I could not have put that better myself mate, Well said/typed.

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#5 12 years ago
Cattman2236I can`t wait when the Americans have finished spreading Democracy around the middle east,[/quote] Neither can I. :)
Cattman2236 I want to see what happens when they try to introduce it to China and Korea.[/quote] See South Korea and Taiwan. They seem to be a rather good example of how a democratic China and Korea would look like. [quote=Cattman2236] The Americans are acusing people again, Remember what happened last time
Well, I don't know about Iraq but they must be doing something in Lebanon, Hizbollah for example, it's supported and funded by the Syrian government. [QUOTE=Komrad_B] The US will eventually regret spreading democracy once these ''free'' countries start electing islamic extremists.

I believe that that's what's going to happen to Egypt if democracy is introduced there, the Islamic Brotherhood is the party that has most of the peoples support I've read.




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#6 12 years ago

What a waste of money, they should use the 5 millon to fund a CIA assination attempt on their dictator. At least they would get results!




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#7 12 years ago

Yeah, because when they kill him a new leader will take over and more and more arabs will find how the bush administartion dosent want dmeocracy, it wants puppets.

Seriously, does democracy mean no religious influence? so what if they want to have an islamic democracy? unless you mean you want SECULAR governments. because the Muslim Brotherhood in egypt, and I think in Syria? well it was started in egypt anyhow, wants a democracy. and they are muslim. in saudi arabia, the government went after people wanting to over throw the current kingdom for democracy.




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#8 12 years ago
Delta ForceWhat a waste of money, they should use the 5 millon to fund a CIA assination attempt on their dictator. At least they would get results!

Bay Of Pigs anyone?

http://www.parascope.com/articles/1296/bayofpigs.htm




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#9 12 years ago
Delta ForceWhat a waste of money, they should use the 5 millon to fund a CIA assination attempt on their dictator. At least they would get results!

This would have a negative effect. Another man would replace the dictator, and he will have yet another reason to give to his people to hate america. If the country is thrown in civil war or anarchy because of the assassination, then you can be sure the problem won't be solved anytime soon.

Assassinations destabilize countries, and unstable countries are the ones that produce terrorists.

I said it and will say it again : a stable dictatorship is better than an unstable democracy. You don't care about political freedom when you don't dare walk in the streets because of suicide bombers.




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#10 12 years ago
Komrad_BI said it and will say it again : a stable dictatorship is better than an unstable democracy.

People are killed for saying stuff in a dictator ship, no matter how stable. You have a better chance in an unstable democracy, and it will get better.

You don't care about political freedom when you don't dare walk in the streets because of suicide bombers.

Then why was the voter turnout in Iraq over %60 of elgible voters?

I think this is great. This keeps us out of a war for now and get what we want done. Nothing differnt than what we have been doing for a while.




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