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US Sends 400 Troops, Patriot Missiles To Turkey In Preparation Of Syrian Hostilities Escalation

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Update: the logical response did not take long. From moments ago: Iranian Army chief says Patriot missiles in Turkey would set stage for "world war" - ISNA News Agency. We now await a response from Russia, China and other regional powers who may not be quite as comfortable as Turkey with having yet another branch of US liberating forces (especially when it has implications on Russian and Qatari gas pipeline plans) operating in their back yard.

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Even as the Nobel peace prize award-winning administration has been vocally partially withdrawing, but never fully, US troops from various middle eastern nations over the past several years, it appears that it has decided to open up a brand new military front, and position US soldiers in yet another hotspot, which is sure to escalate in the future, namely Syria, where yesterday, quietly in the media blanket coverage of the Newtown tragedy, the Pentagon said that some 400 US troops and several Patriot missile batteries would be stationed as part of a NATO force to protect Turkey from "potential Syrian missile attack."

As the AP reports, "Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. soldiers to operate two batteries of Patriots at undisclosed locations in Turkey, Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters flying with Panetta." As is well known to those who follow the local conflict, the traditional narrative is that the US is supporting the oppressed Syrian rebellion, which has been fighting the Assad regime as glorious guerrilla freedom fighters. What is less known is that parts if not all of the Syrian rebellion have an "explicit stamp of approval" from Al Qaeda, the same Al Qaeda, which when useful, is carted out to justify US foreign, and at times very domestic, interventions, and the trampling of all civil liberties (see U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens) , in various other parts of the world.

From AP:

During a brief stop at Incirlik Air Base, Panetta told U.S. troops that Turkey might need the Patriots, which are capable of shooting down shorter-range ballistic missiles as well as aircraft.


He said he approved the deployment "so that we can help Turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very well need to deal with the threats coming out of Syria," he said.


The U.S., Germany and the Netherlands are the only NATO members who have the upgraded PAC-3 missiles, capable of missile interception. Each battery has an average of 12 missile launchers, a NATO official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because alliance regulations do not allow him to speak on the record.


In a statement issued Friday NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said "the deployment will be defensive only."


"It will not support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation. Its aim is to deter any threats to Turkey, to defend Turkey's population and territory and to de-escalate the crisis on NATO's south-eastern border," Lungescu said.


Panetta did not mention how soon the two Patriot batteries will head to Turkey or how long they might stay.


Earlier this week in Berlin, German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Link told lawmakers that current plans call for the missile sites to be stationed at Kahramanmaras, about 60 miles north of Turkey's border with Syria. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday that the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S. are working closely with Turkey "to ensure that the Patriots are deployed as soon as possible." But he predicted they would not become operational before the end of January. Turkey joined NATO in 1952, three years after the alliance was formed.


At Incirlik Air Base, about 60 miles north of the Syrian border, an Air Force member asked Panetta what the US would do if Syria used chemical or biological weapons against the rebels. Panetta said he could not be specific in a public setting, but added, "we have drawn up plans" that give President Barack Obama a set of options in the event that U.S. intelligence shows that Syria intends to use such weapons.

What was not asked is how NATO and the US would react if instead of the Assad regime, a false flag "attack" was launched by the Al Qaeda controlled Syrian rebels, always willing to escalate the conflict. From the NYT:

The lone Syrian rebel group with an explicit stamp of approval from Al Qaeda has become one of the uprising’s most effective fighting forces, posing a stark challenge to the United States and other countries that want to support the rebels but not Islamic extremists. 


Money flows to the group, the Nusra Front, from like-minded donors abroad. Its fighters, a small minority of the rebels, have the boldness and skill to storm fortified positions and lead other battalions to capture military bases and oil fields. As their successes mount, they gather more weapons and attract more fighters.


The group is a direct offshoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Iraqi officials and former Iraqi insurgents say, which has contributed veteran fighters and weapons.


“This is just a simple way of returning the favor to our Syrian brothers that fought with us on the lands of Iraq,” said a veteran of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who said he helped lead the Nusra Front’s efforts in Syria.

Basically, the US is implicitly supporting Al-Qaeda, even as it dispatches of its leader in a quiet burial at sea, witnessed by what appears to be absolutely nobody.

Unexpectedly, someone did ask Panetta the right question: i.e., how Syria would respond to what is obviously an offensive escalation by NATO (and US) forces. The answer confirmed that when it comes to playing its now obsolete role of Globocop, it's fire "defensive" missiles first, ask questions later:

Asked by another Air Force member whether he thought Syria would "react negatively" to the Patriot deployments, Panetta said, "I don't think they have the damn time to worry" about the Patriots since the regime's leaders are struggling to stay in power.


He indicated that Syria's reaction to the Patriots was not a major concern to him.


Separately, NATO will deploy its Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, or AWACS, to Turkey on a training exercise this month, the NATO said.


He said the exercise was not connected to the deployment of the Patriots.


The aircraft, which can detect launches of ground-to-ground missiles, will exercise command and control procedures as well as test the connectivity of various NATO and Turkish communications and data sharing systems, the official said.

Clearly, the US military is finally preparing for a major push in hostilities against the Assad regime, and as a result we expect the amount of false flag developments will surge. We don't expect the mainstream media to dare to ask why the US is - openly - supporting an Al Qaeda funded and organized resistance. 

What certainly will not be asked by anyone is how Russia and China will respond to what is a clear escalation in the redrawing of geopolitical balance of power vis-a-vis what has become the most divisive military hotspot currently in the world.

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Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:26 | 3066207 Manthong
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Will Turkey pay for the missiles in gold, too?


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:28 | 3066212 GetZeeGold
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They will just give us the turkey.....that lays the golden eggs.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:06 | 3066278 francis_sawyer
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 "Johnny ~ Check the Radar Range..."


Johnny: "A couple of more minutes"

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:08 | 3066282 saturn
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Americans just love to be killed, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking idiots.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:24 | 3066318 BKbroiler
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shut up.  this is what we're good at.  hell we don't build shit anymore. AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:31 | 3066483 markmotive
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Just one more excuse to keep our hands in the cookie jar...and by cookie jar I mean Middle Eastern oil production.

Despite America's energy renaissance, we still need cheap Mid-East oil on the world market to keep prices and competition in check.

Still won't prevent resource wars in the future...


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:44 | 3066525 The Alarmist
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Turkey for Christmas ...  A Christmas Turkey ... Whatever.  Is the idea to keep using weapons so that we can restock and add 1% or so to next quarter's GDP?

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 14:37 | 3068905 Enslavethechild...
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It's all fun and games until the entire world turns on the criminal bankers and puts them all in prison labor death camps.

Karma is a real son of a bitch

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 18:26 | 3069379 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Seems to me our ally Pakistan needs to ask for this kind of missile shield too. They seem to be on the receiving end of lots of missiles coming across their borders and blowing up lots of civilians, too. Um...oh wait...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:48 | 3066703 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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American Energy Renassance is easily the grandest PR stunt the MSM has unvieled in the last decade, maybe longer.  This compares with NAFTA creating jobs - both are farcical.

The fact remains that although fracking is increasing shale oil production and unlocking NG, there will never be a way to replace crude oil with NG. 

Also there is the farce that is the Canadian Tar Sands, where the break point on making any money is $80/b. 

NG and tar sands can mitigate some of the US' energy needs in the short run, but in the long run nothing will replce light sweet crude.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 15:07 | 3066773 JohnnyBriefcase
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So True.

Can't make plastic out of NG so that means 95% of everything you buy and probably own.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:27 | 3067106 DoChenRollingBearing
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JohnnyB, I believe that you are incorrect, natural gas is the feedstock for most petrochemicals and then plastics.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 00:37 | 3067978 Spirit Of Truth
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I fear it's just a matter of time, maybe even days, before the world shares the apocalyptic vision I had that began with seeing a special report of a chemical SCUD missile attack on Israel:


Sun, 12/16/2012 - 09:52 | 3068384 CPL
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Not really.  Any "organic" compound can be used to various degrees of success and durability.  NG is on the shit tier side of plastics.  If you've got it as a replacement.  Buy a box of whatever it is you are buying because you'll be replacing it monthly in any industrial application.  So NG is useful, but it's use is limited.  

Monomers (ethylene, propylene, styrene, phenol, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, vinyl chloride and acetonitrile) and polynomers require sweet light crude to give it the density to provide both safety and durability.  Of course some sort of catalyst is needed to do that like acids, pressure and heat to allow it to take a shape.  NG is on the expensive side of things because, well, it's a gas.  Requires significant cooling and energy to bring a gas into a form that can be manipulated physically.

It's like saying saran wrap is the same as the piece of plastic acting as the rubber foot to a couch or a chair.  It's just not a replacement.  At that point it's safer and cheaper to develop with another material like wood or pig iron.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 14:11 | 3068852 caconhma
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The line in sand: Today, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran will never allow any Western plots to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to succeed.

Iran cannot allow American/Zionist military on its boarder. The British channel save England from a Nazi invasion and an occupation in 1940. Syria plays the same role protecting Iran. Furthermore, Iranian ground forces positioned on Israeli/Syrian border will easy overrun Israel. Consequently, Zionist leaders and their American servants will think many times before entertaining a Syria invasion and an all-out war with Iran.





Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:02 | 3066925 Urban Roman
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Resource war?

You're soaking in it ...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:36 | 3067245 caconhma
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One lousy showman and former US President Ronald Reagan has called Muslim religious fanatics “freedom fighters”. Just wait before these “freedom fighters” (better described as terrorists) come to America.


Some people call R. Reagan a great President. Well, it was Reagan

- Who thought that budget deficits are great. Reagan is the real father of today US economics and FED policies.

- Who gave a great amnesty to illegals

- Who permitted to convert financial markets into gambling casinos

- Who brought all these great neo-cons into domestic and foreign policies command positions

- Who always was saying one thing and was doing totally opposite


It took for good many American people at least 6 years to see that the man had a dementia and he did not know a shit of what he was doing!


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:15 | 3066597 MillionDollarBoner_
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"No Fly Zone" in 3....2....1...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:35 | 3066658 goldfish1
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Boogeyman boogeyman whoop whoop...

Notice the war announcement on Saturday...distracted people shopping and talking about the flase flag op in CT, god bless tham all.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:29 | 3067237 El Oregonian
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ARREST EVERYONE OF THESE CRIMINALS!!! Problem solved. America would be safe from our domestic terrorists in our government-Crony Capitalists-International Banksters all preying on our citizenry, their wealth, and their health,


Sun, 12/16/2012 - 13:02 | 3068708 agNau
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Anyone heard of Iskander?
Why deploy Patriot?
The Russians have snuck the Iskander into Syria.

As wise Mr. Miyagi says:
"Best defense, no be there!"

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:55 | 3066677 Ignatius
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And the hits just keep on comin'... 9 minutes past the hour of 11 o'clock -- staaaay stuck!

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:43 | 3066237 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1 Manthong.  I'll take "Gold for Missiles" for 3000 kgs, Alex.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:04 | 3066275 max2205
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Patriots only get deployed before a war starts. Every country in that region will now have them. UAE Saudi Kuwait Egypt Israel Iraq.

Probably more to do with the next step to Iran not so much Syria.


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:39 | 3066342 Winston Churchill
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Indeed,by not specifying where exactly they are being deployed who is

to know if they are put on the Iran/Turkey border.

The MANPADS shipped from Al Qaeda in Libya to Al Qaeda in Syria seems

to have tipped the scales against Assad.The assault pathway to Iran will

soon be clear.

2013 is promising to be an epic year for US sponsored aggression in the ME.

The Sino Russian response is going to be  critical.The Doomsday clock is close to

chiming, maybe for us all .

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:47 | 3066534 ThirdWorldDude
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It's a pity Russia doesn't engage in covert operations, otherwise now would be a good time for a full-scale Kurdic uprising in Turkey along with massive anti-war demonstrations (getting violent, of course) in all major Turkish cities...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 15:08 | 3066780 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Maybe Russia and China want a certain amount of turmoil in the ME and they are sitting back sharpening their swords for when the want to engage.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:39 | 3066987 ThirdWorldDude
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I don't know much about China, but 21st century Russian military doctrine is entirely defensive. Putin is not a fool, he knows the Zionists will eventually come after his country (again) and he's preparing. He also knows history's lesson of "what goes around comes around" and is trying not to stir up things even more. He's drawn his line in the sand, now it's the Z-boys' move...

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 19:53 | 3067409 jonjon831983
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Try to look at the number of airbases and radar installations that have been taken over by the "rebels"


They even took one in the middle of nowhere deep south-east bordering Iraq.  


https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Deir+al-Zour (GOOG Map of province Deir al-Zor - estimated location)


Recently there has been discussion of setting up a "No-Fly Zone"... and we all know what a No Fly Zone decree turned into back in Libya.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:04 | 3066396 Taint Boil
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Wouldn’t that be funny to catapult  some old rusty oil drums up and over at the patriots just to see if ya could set some off and how much you could cost the US taxpayers per missile launch.

I am speaking figuratively of course but you get the point.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:25 | 3066627 Fish Gone Bad
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What if the missle launchers have missles other than Patriots in them?  I am thinking that all Syria knows is that a mess-o-missles is now just itching to blow up something.  Frightening actually.   Will Turkey pay?  Heck, everyone will pay.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:41 | 3067002 GAAPpreNixon
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Maybe, but right now Turkey is happy that it is OUR troops (not theirs) that are being used as false flag cannon fodder BAIT.

Syria is NOT A THREAT TO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY (or Israel's, for that matter). Our government has lost it! God help us.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:29 | 3066210 john39
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WWIII is already underway. According to Gordon Duff, the moves against Syria and Iran, are really all about Russia:


Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:33 | 3066215 GetZeeGold
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Someone drops a starters pistol and a shot rings out....then it's on like donkey kong.


SHould be OK.....I hear they're just calling it a police action. Whatever the hell that means.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:44 | 3066239 john39
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i think that is what happens when a small farmer tries to sell a bottle of raw milk...   a swat team of fully armed federal agents shoots him on sight and burns his farm down....  to protect people, or something.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 14:44 | 3066691 Ignatius
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We Americans are apparently a warrior people.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:25 | 3067232 Dugald
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Nah! yer just Nutters....waul, most you, must be a few still sane....?

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:01 | 3066271 boogerbently
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Ah, Turkey.

A nation that's friendly to the US, with a large coastline, on the right side of Iraq/Iran to our BFF Israel.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:52 | 3066251 Urban Roman
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All intelligence is based on testing a working hypothesis, much as with any research. In this case, the political hypothesis is that, not only Israel but key groups that represent divisions within the US are, in fact, Bolsheviks.

Bolsheviks? That sounds sooo 19th century... Perhaps they are really Orcs.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:41 | 3066351 Ness.
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Or Sleestaks.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:08 | 3066284 Jack Burton
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BINGO! john39. It is ALL about Russia. The moves right now are to secure the entire Middle East and then move north into the former Soviet Central Asian Republics. That puts NATO on Russia's southern flank and China's western flank, with the US Navy and Marines holding China's eastern flank and Russia's far eastern flank. There is already talk in Washington about prying away Russia's Far Eastern districts along the Amur and Vladivistok.

NATO and the US have a grand plan and, yes, it probably means world war.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:12 | 3066291 Urban Roman
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China, Russia, hmmm ... bullish for rare earths.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:52 | 3066545 MillionDollarBoner_
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For a military tactician you shure are purty ;O)

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 18:30 | 3067241 Dugald
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NATO and the US have a grand plan and, yes, it probably means world war.

The shortest path to full employment.......and profits, lots of luverly profits....

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 20:58 | 3067558 JOYFUL
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Duff's piece is quite interesting, and even necessitates a reappraisal of his status, which seems to veer back and forth from compromised disinfo outlet for the sionist moneypowerz to reputable reportage as was the case with VT before the backstage putsch which took place some time early in 2011...which resulted in the infamous..."Invade Libya - America's moral imperative" outrage in February of that year...

In this case, he has accurately reported that the Russian Iskander missile is probably the only thing keeping the ZATO alliance thugs at bay, tho they be baying at the foxhole with their aircraft carriers, missle launching sites, and media blitz...

they are scared. Syria will not go quietly into the night, like Libya, but more importantly, Iran will take whatever measures necessary to avoid being ringfenced by the sionists...total war is just around the corner.

take everything Duff writes with a large grain of salt, but there's some gold in that dross if you pan carefully.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:29 | 3066214 Catullus
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I guess we haven't had enough of the "retards killing children" news stories yet today. 

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 13:08 | 3066414 john39
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probably more accurate to say stories about SSRI's triggering murderous rampages.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 15:01 | 3066757 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I was one town away from one of the first major school shootings when I was in HS so maybe I am jaded but I haven't really thought much about the shooting.  One of my girl friends though was deeply upset and I understand how people will wail after this.  It is very sad.

But shit is so fucked up in America what else are we supposse to expect?  It is not the violent video games, it is that the parents do not explain to their children that the games are not real.  It is not the TV and movies but it is that the parents do not explain that these mediums are pure entertainment.  It is not the guns but the fact that America does not properly educate the status quo on the right to bear arms and why we gave ourselves this right.

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 11:52 | 3068546 disabledvet
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Not an expert of course but to me I would not be surprised if the school shooting was seen as a pretext for Damascus to sent fighter bombers against Aleppo. http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/167382008/syrian-warplanes-blast-mosque-as... obviously such an horrific event as what happened in Newtown, CT will cause America to draw inward...in my time living in the so called "third world" i was always amazed at their breadth and depth of knowledge in US domestic issues...something far greater than i've found even Americans had. Surprising to say the least...and this was decades ago and before i-phones and windows based computer systems which now transmit information globally instantaneously. that includes ILLEGALLY OBTAINED information i might add. another interesting aspect to the Syrian "Civil War" is the long battle between Aleppo and Damascus. ("Aleppo" is actually the Italian name for the City of over 2 million. It goes by a different name in Arabic.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo before the Suez Canal this City was THE major trading hub in the Middle East...and i would not be surprised if the Patriot Missile Batteries aren't being located on that border in order to protect this City which appears to have already moved against the Assad regime and set up their own Government: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/world/middleeast/syrians-face-severe-b... Aleppo is already a booming City...should Egypt close the Suez Canal and Iran block the Strait of Hormuz it will become more valuable still. Hard to imagine at the turn of the 20th century there were only 20,000 people living there.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 11:31 | 3066219 fuu
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Bullish for silver as more gets vaporized.

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