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Apart from the slightly off map of US forces, since when do they have planes on Cyprus, it is another view that we can’t go to war with Syria which is what I think everyone has agreed on.
The best point it raises is what is the Russian point of view if we do take action, what if some of their personnel get hurt/killed and haven’t they said they are sending their carrier down, delaying it’s refit again.
Another article about Syria? You think we have enough? Or do we need a few more?
Just meant it is the same as the Kings of war article in terms of being anti-war.
Well from a purely military view that has to be the least accurate article yet. They claim we have no aircraft on Cyprus(even if we didn’t it would not take too long to move them) and the US are moving their CBGs from the Middle East.
The US have at least one aircraft on Cyprus (have had for years) and it will have been busy recently.
We need to consult Mumsnet.
oh the U2 if he counts that then, don’t we have a sentinal out there that should count
I get ARRSE and Mumsnet confused…………
…….do you have any hints on how I can tell them apart, please?
One is full of ugly antagonistic hairy arsed buggers, the other has ARRSE written at the top of the page .
Taxi for one
I wonder how much actionable int we have on the rebels? Don’t anyone answer if you really know – I’m merely musing if we have enough to let rip with 25 TLAMS at each side, and say “Now both of you shut the f**k up. The next one of you that farts gets 50 TLAM free strikes awarded to the other side. And if you have both not pulled back by 5 kilometres each by Sunday you’ll get another 100 chaser TLAMs to speed you up”
I should grow up more ;). But it is moot as to whether I believe there are any good potential outcomes in all of this.
Mumsnet is full of women so busy spending time telling the world what amazing parents they are, that they dont actually seem to spend any time actually being parents?
Of course the subtle point about Cyprus being a very useful forward base and not needing fixed squadrons is perhaps lost on some people?
Red Trousers has a point, but this whole thing started as a civil war but has morphed into a test of strength between the 2 elephants of the middle east, Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is hard to see how the west can do anything useful with a couple of Burke’s worth of tomahawks. Unless Assad is a complete idiot they will largely be hitting empty buildings .
Selective arming of the rebels with heavier ground weapons and ammunition remains the only real option, but NO SAMS under any circumstances.
At a certain point they will get sick of it and settle down to free Syria and Democratic Syria.
All Politicians are the Same –
I may have been mistaken and if so am happy to correct but to your knowledge, and apart from the dispatch of 6 Tornado’s announced this morning, what war-like aircraft are permanently stationed in Cyprus?
The point I’m making is that the UK is under resourced to play with the big boys. Making gestures to support the US in ill thought through recent conflicts has led to thousands of dead and broken minds and bodies among our men and to what end?
It’s exactly the “something must be done” camp that led to the swift removal of Saddam, one of the few bulwarks against Iran. Much of the current conflagration across the Middle East may be traced back to that.
The scale, and complexity of the threat, is misunderstood and under appreciated. The last thing this is about is moral outrage over 1000 Sarin casualties in isolation.
If we accept that we are only at the start of a conflict that will last many decades, if we then overlay huge population migration from Saharan and North Africa due to climate change driven water and food shortages we do indeed, have the mother of all problems. There’s a lot more thinking to do here than saying yes to lobbing a few missiles over the water.
The Cold War was so much simpler, at least we all knew where we stood.
Am cross posting this on all the Syria threads.
I tend to have a very light touch when it comes to moderating comments but I am responsible for everything that is published and that includes your comments. I am also very aware that Think Defence continues to grow and the reputation we have all built for lively but good natured and informed discussion is something worth the effort to maintain.
Am leaving the comments as is for now but going forward this childishness has to stop, if you can’t be calm and construct a comment without insulting others, whatever their opinions or level of knowledge, then you are not welcome.
So, once more with feeling
FINAL FUCKING WARNING
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