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Another Escalation: US Freezes Diplomatic Relations With Syria, Orders Non-US Personnel To Leave Country

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Putin 2 - Obama 0, which means it is time to go back to the one place where it all started last year, and where Putin had his most resounding victory over the US foreign policy apparatus (at least until the Ukraine, where we trampled not only over Obama's red line... again... but where nobody quite explained the "costs" to the ex-KGB leader): Syria.  Sure enough, with the US unable to respond in Crimea, has decided to take its fight back to where Europe's natgas reliance on Gazprom product was first truly exposed.

The US can order non-US personnel around? More from Reuters:

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Regardless, if the bloodless Russian annexation of Crimea wasn't enough to push the S&P to new all time highs, this surely will.


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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:30 | 4563260 skwid vacuous
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Wow - al-qaeda uber alles!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:32 | 4563274 WayBehind
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Syria was always owned by Russia. No surprise here ...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563295 gmrpeabody
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" Orders non-US personnel to leave country"

So... then only US people are left in Syria and we win by default?


Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563327 ndotken
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Sounds good to me ... fucking Syrians shouldn't be in America anyway

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:50 | 4563369 quintago
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This is going to be hilarious.

Russia knows that if it comes down to a fight between the US and Russia, whoever acts first is going to win because MAD doctrine will basically preclude the other from escalating to war. Obama was too stupid to realize this in Ukraine/Crimea, and now they're pre-announcing their plans for Syria by requesting US personnel to leave. The US is attempting to cut Russian resources thin by getting them to think we are going after Syria, and then we are going to light the fire between Ukraine & Russia.

Law of unintended consequences be damned, full steam ahead.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563434 Mad Mohel
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I think it's more a case of, "OH FUCK! We can't fight that big kid Ralph, because he will beat the living shit out of us in front of all the other kids. Quick go get Marvin, so I can kick his ass to show how tough I am."

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:55 | 4563456 quintago
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U.S. special envoy to Syria Daniel Rubenstein said the order responds to a decision by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad to suspend its own consular services.


Obama: I have a great idea, let's make a Rubenstein the special envoy to an arab country that Israel has repeatedly sent jets in to bomb.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563493 MeMongo
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Hey maybe them Arabs will just think he's Amish:-)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:02 | 4563510 Arius
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Kerry seems to have been over ruled by Obama.  People should get as many chances as possible, but at some point you got to say enough is enough! 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:09 | 4563546 derek_vineyard
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milton bradley sales are going to soar with vallery, barry, karry et al playing battleship in their bathtubs

barry and karry are in tune with the script for vallery to gain more control of ukraine and other eastern territories

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:00 | 4563908 Mesquite
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Does this also apply to all those undocumented folks on the west coast...

That 'they' been making a political football out of..??


Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:24 | 4563624 Freddie
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More dual citizens running the US Govt.   They lost in the Ukraine though they looted the gold.  Now back to Syria. Hopefully Putin will kick their ass again.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:53 | 4564248 Ifigenia
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dual citizens are those in FED running american debts? or in state apartment selling american interests? or in Lollywood to brainwash the people? 

By the way, how could you americans manage to let 1% of your population dominate everything? In Weimar time, 0,8% of jews possess almost 40% of the country. Niall Ferguson said in his book "Cash Nexus".

  So, it is almost certain we would have a ww3 before sorting the things out.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:32 | 4563656 Element
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"In other news an Iranian ballistic missile test ended in tragedy today as it veered erratically off course and eventually plunged into the Yanbu oil loading terminal on the coast of the Red Sea. Teheran was reported to have said, "oops, sorry about that, they don't usually do that". Saudi Government officials were not answering our calls due to significant unrelated disruptions to telephone communications throughout the kingdom. Firsthand accounts from the Yanbu oil loading facility reported extensive damages, large fires and on-going secondary explosions."

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:14 | 4563577 Freddie
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Putin better have some Russian ships with their anti ship and anti aircraft missiles.  Plus some S-300 and S400's ready. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:26 | 4563640 nightshiftsucks
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Freddy you're so obvious,Russian cock is your favorite.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:59 | 4563901 caShOnlY
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Russia announces no more USD for anything from Russia.  Game, set, match - Putin.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 15:05 | 4564599 Andre
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All or nothing is WAY too simplistic.

Nuance and asymmetry count.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:45 | 4563378 Azannoth
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I wonder does this include Syrians ?!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563389 Aknownymouse
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Will you shut up now!!?? You are exposing Obama and Biden's plan to fool Putin. Damn!! Back to the drawing lined paper!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563393 yrbmegr
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I think they mean that non-US personnel of the Syrian Embassy in Washington were ordered to leave the country.   Obviously, they can't order non-US personnel in Syria to leave Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563441 gmrpeabody
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Can't pull the wool over your ears...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:07 | 4563533 yrbmegr
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Do I get the Captain Obvious award today?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:17 | 4563596 gmrpeabody
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I did a double-take myself..., twice.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:52 | 4563416 skwid vacuous
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think he meant CIA/Mossad shit disturbers should pack up and leave - for a few days... but they will be back like white on rice

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4563478 JuliaS
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"While driving down the freeway pull up beside someone, roll down your window, and yell "Pull over! Pull over!" while waving frantically.  When they pull over, you keep on driving."

- George Carlin

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:05 | 4563524 grunk
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Does that include illegal aliens?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:51 | 4564245 drendebe10
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Another foreign policy coup by Mr. Ed and the arrogant, narcissistic lying illegal alien kenyan muslim sociopathic ignoramus fudge packer in chief..... the sheeple must be proud of their great leadership...  good luck with that one...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563300 Sudden Debt
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Or Obama just wants to cut some costs?

68 militairy deployments over seas costs a shitload of money.

And Syria also doesn't really have that many golf courses...


do the blackwater "consultants" also need to leave?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563371 Chief KnocAHoma
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Soon we will read the following headlines:

Russia advances into East Ukraine and Poland. Putin has his eyes on the Protugal coast.

MH370 turns up - flown into Israel from Somalia - loaded with bio weapons and explosiuves.

House of Saud falls to rebellion.

Obama shoots par round with Reggie, and the Prez reminds everyone that Bin Laden is dead and Al Quadea is on the run.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:49 | 4563405 Chief KnocAHoma
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Did we really elect this man over Romney? Wasn't a huge Mittens fan, but seriously... would he be this big of a pussy?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563491 Bananamerican
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You're comparing two corporate turnips...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:16 | 4563583 HungryPorkChop
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Mittens was bought and paid for so doubt the result would be much different.  The Repuby's whine and stamper their feet but when push comes to shove they try to elect Mr. Romneycare himself.  Anyone that can't see through this curtain needs to get an IQ.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:52 | 4563847 El Vaquero
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Mittens may have made us look less stupid.  There likely would have been extreme continuity of policy, but he may not have been as embarrassing.  And no, that is not an endorsement.  I don't like anything the red team or the blue team has to offer.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:01 | 4563502 swmnguy
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Maybe he'd have a different speechwriter or a different press secretary.  But he'd have the exact same personnel at State, other than perhaps Kerry, and only perhaps.  Maybe John (I am the Walrus) Bolton?

The policy would be the exact same Kissinger/Brzezinski psychopathy we've seen for the past 50 years.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:54 | 4563451 yrbmegr
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Not Portugal, but I think he will send troops to Kiev.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:53 | 4563436 Chupacabra-322
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@ Sudden Death,

Here, here. Assad just took control over another major city in Syria. The Criminal UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. are just cutting their losses short, doing an about face & getti g the fuck out with their tail between their legs.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563394 Canadian Dirtlump
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Syria is in no way OWNED by Russia. Russia has provided a political back stop to the West's naked aggression and God bless them for that. I think that is what you meant to say.


Either way, this is not surprising. The SAA and Hezbollah just finished liberating a town called Yabroud during it's battle in the Qualamoon area. This is very important as Yabrood was a key place which is near the border of Lebanon and served as a supply line. Qualamoon was almost a "mini state" controlled by the satanic fake muslim terrorists who are backed by the west and funded by the bronze age monarchies in the Gulf.


Time is quickly running out for the Savage horde paid for by our tax dollars. Most if not all the key supply lines are toast, their ranks are withered, their safe harbors all but eliminated, momentum is against them. The West has to pull something big off or they are toast. Word is that the West is set to mount a push from the south ( something they've done several times and failed spectacularly at ) but there is purportedly some incendiary surprise waiting for them.


They need to ratchet up the axis of evil talk. THey have no choice. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia and Qatar are fighting like cats and dogs. The Fecal alchemy of the west is truly breathtaking. Everything they touch turns to shit.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:12 | 4563569 slightlyskeptical
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When you take an action with bad intentions, you may get your way for a while, but eventually those you fooled will rally up against you.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:28 | 4563652 Independent
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Can't Putin loan Assad a few neutron bombs, that clears the field mighty quick and leaves the buildings standing.  Just the perfect thing to blunt a Western offensive.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:28 | 4563658 Zadig
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Starting the Iraqi "civil war" (in a heavily intermarried country that had no history of religious violence) was only possible with the occupation.  A similarly suspicious Syrian "civil war" seemed doomed to failure without direct intervention.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:41 | 4563761 Canadian Dirtlump
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The Russian Port at Tartous was always the key to the failure. Russia's only port in the Mediterranean ensured they would not be fooled again as per libya. This of course hasn't stopped them from Trying.


Regarding the hilarious notion of a sectarian civil war, let's not forget the majority of folks in the syrian army are, like it's populace Sunni. Who are fighting radical foreign fake Sunni's supported by the West.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:36 | 4563722 Freddie
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The shit they caused in Syria is sickening.  The poor Syrian people and Assad were not bothering anyone and this vermin starts one of their fake proxy wars. 

I do love how the Saudis and Qatar are at each others throats.  The Saudis were demanding that Al Jeezera be shut down.  The scum Saudis must be in a panic.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:10 | 4563552 Occams_Chainsaw
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Who runs Barter Town?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:31 | 4563262 PlusTic
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more talk and no's embarassing to be an american these days

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:33 | 4563283 shankster
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The former USA

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563299 VD
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current USSA.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:45 | 4563795 Freddie
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Run/ruined by dual citizens.


Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:36 | 4563317 Sudden Debt
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Obama's 3 step programm:



3. watch porn

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:40 | 4563348 gmrpeabody
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4. boss everybody around with ridiculous orders...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563384 jon dough
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5. Fire off a drone or ten...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:53 | 4564258 drendebe10
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6. Play golf

7. Buy wookie another $17K dress

8. Go fudge packing

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4563469 Chupacabra-322
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@ Sudden Death,

Don't you mean:

3. Watch Gay Porn.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:00 | 4563487 grunk
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Don't be silly, Obama has a lot on his plate.

He's got to fill out his NCAA basketball bracket picks this week.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:09 | 4563547 Postal
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Wait, that's my plan.

Speaking of which, why is no one discussing the most pressing trade issue of this whole dust-up with Russia: How will this impact the supply of eastern european lesbian porn?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:23 | 4565619 StychoKiller
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Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out, they leave the west behind.

And Moscow girls make me sing and shout...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:56 | 4564568 message2gowri
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4. Jerkoff with LEFT and surf with the RIGHT. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:49 | 4563407 q99x2
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It is embarassing to be a Globalist Bankster or a Traitor but American that is well respected by those in the know. The worst thing to be these days is a Washington D.C. politician which 7 billion people around the globe hate.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:31 | 4563263 666
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A military tactic: split Putin's troops between east Europe and the Middle East so he can be conquered more easily. It's a good thing the USSA's troops aren't split...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:43 | 4563347 Ignatius
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The real agenda:  use 'moral outrage' of Crimea (stupid, I know, the only moral outrage is in corporate media) to bomb in Syria.

Expect US action in Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:44 | 4563370 john39
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posted a link last week.  a new zato offensive is now underway in Syria.   This time, it seems that a real war is on the immediate horizon.   what a bunch of evil fools run this world.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4563474 NotApplicable
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The only evil fools who run the world are the voters who accept the legitimacy of mob rule.

The rest are merely evil.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563488 ThirdWorldDude
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ZATO* needed re-escalation if you consider this headline:


*ZATO = Zionist Ashkenazi Terrorist Organization

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563382 agent default
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Expect the neocons to go and do something incredibly stupid again.  Fixed it for ya.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:08 | 4563539 Zadig
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They're bloodthirsty simpletons so that's always a safe assumption!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:16 | 4563584 NotApplicable
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Why do you call increasing ones' wealth and power "stupid?"

Yep, just keep on believing that they're being stupid rather than you, and see who ends up with all of the benefits.

In other words, You're Fixing It for THEM.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:30 | 4563670 Independent
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Its like the little kid who can't fight the other kid cause he knows he gets his ass kicked so he takes out his aggression on the dog.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:51 | 4563417 ParkAveFlasher
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but Putin has a multi-layered, sea/air/land defensive line built like a ovular diaphragm around Turkey, stretching from Bulgaria down to Syria, across to Iran, up through Georgia, across to Crimea, oh and BTW, good luck to American forces trying to maintain a supply line through the Asian steppes south from Afghanistan.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:35 | 4563716 nightshiftsucks
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Yeah I'm sure it will ba as effective as the Maginot line,ask the French how well that worked for them.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:20 | 4564066 Freddie
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Russia needs to tell the USSA (run by dual citizens) to stay out of Syria or your supply lines to Afghanistan will be cut.  Hopefully, Russia, China, Iran and India will tell the USSA to stay out of Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:31 | 4563264 Shad_ow
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Whoa! President Pantywaist is acting all tough and stuff.  Can't stand being laughed at by the world.  Somebody get a straight jacket ready.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563311 DeadFred
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Your boss takes you into the office and berates you for being a slackard so you take your humiliation home and kick the dog. Not the wife, she may kick back. It must suck to have no spine. And to be a slackard.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:21 | 4563609 Looney
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Great point, DF, but... What's wrong with kicking the dog? Even without your boss screaming atcha?  ;-)

Disclaimer: I don't have a dog... anymore ;-) JUSS KIDDIN"! ;-)


Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:31 | 4563265 IReallyDontCare
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Does that order include the CIA sponsored terrorists?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563301 RSloane
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That's my only question and I would guess - of course not!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:33 | 4563269 Theta_Burn
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The Jewry has been way to quiet lately

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563298 Spastica Rex
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And the Norks just shot off a salvo of missiles. What of the Norks? THINK OF THE NORKS.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4563356 LeisureSmith
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Daniel Rubinstein the brand spanking new U.S. Special Envoy for Syria.... after the always stabilizing presence...ehm.... of Robert Ford a Zionist Neo-Con is just the ticket for peace in Syria. Obozo the clown administration strikes again.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:22 | 4564078 Freddie
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They alwways start this shit during Purim. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563276 Truther
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FUCK THE EU..... All day and night. They are nothing but mother fucking puppets. They will surely brown spot their white pants soon.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:32 | 4563278 Bonapartist
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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563302 Seize Mars
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Twilight indeed.
As I've said before, it would be funny if it weren't lethal.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563314 magpie
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“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
and left to flocks, which will lie down,
with no one to make them afraid.
3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
like the glory of the Israelites,”
declares the Lord Almighty."

Currently the favourite quote of the American ruling class' pseudo-Christians and pseudo-Jews...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563383 john39
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and so they dream, and try to make it reality...  all folly, as time will tell.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:32 | 4563686 Independent
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Me thinks had the Russians known the USA and EU were just going to keep on pushing borders and trying to box in and destroy Russia, they wouldn't of let the Soviet Union break up.  I mean seriously, they had half the world all most of the natural resources.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:36 | 4565653 StychoKiller
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Meanwhile...Omar the tentmaker is turning away business.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:33 | 4563286 QQQBall
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Look over here - no. not at Crimea & Ukraine.... way over here at Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:34 | 4563297 BadDog
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I've been waiting for this to pop back up. The yellow king never rests.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563308 shankster
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John Kerry will fix things just like Hillary go back to sleep!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563309 spellbound
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They are REELENTLESS and couldn't care less that everyone now sees that the emperor has no clothes. Is that all that democracy was? A thin veneer to hide a monstrous gestapo aparatus?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563395 samsara
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"Is that all that democracy was? A thin veneer to hide a monstrous gestapo aparatus?"

Well,  Good Morning to you too...

"The illusion of freedom [in America ] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."

~Frank Zappa

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:01 | 4563505 Zadig
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Democracy = The serfs get the illusion of change while the rulers continue to do whatever they want. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:35 | 4563312 ShrNfr
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I guess this was on Obama's multiplie choice test this morning.


Do something serious about Syria

[ ] - Favor

[ ] - Don't Favor

[ ] - Let's Talk

[X] - Make a fool of America over Syria.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:36 | 4563318 astoriajoe
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"were we trampled not only over Obama's red line..."

what do you mean we?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563320 One And Only
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Obama you're drunk. Go home.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:02 | 4563504 Dr. Engali
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On power or too many beer summits?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:39 | 4563321 skwid vacuous
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the friend of my enemy, who was my enemy a few years ago, but before that my friend in afghanistan- but maybe my enemy from before that ... Obozo must be brushing up on his Sun-Tzu ?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:01 | 4563501 NotApplicable
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He would have had to heard of him first.

Besides, it's quite obvious that he isn't that smart.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563322 JustObserving
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Another Escalation

Denied a win in Ukraine, the Nobel Prize winner needs a whipping boy to salve his ego.  What lies will he come up this time for Syria?

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published an article demonstrating that the US government and President Barack Obama knowingly lied when they claimed that the Syrian government had carried out a sarin gas attack on insurgent-held areas last August.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:03 | 4564320 drendebe10
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Absolute Shocker.... the fudge packer in chief lied?????????  Unbelievable!!!!!!   Incomprehensible!!!!!!!!  What is the world coming to??????

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563323 Winston Churchill
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No surprise.

They restrcited the travel area of the Syrian ambassador to the UN a week ago.

Lets see if the narcissist pansy in the white hut , has a hissy fit and starts bombing.

Those neocons must be spitting blood about now.

The lunatics are now truly in charge of our asylum.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:37 | 4563324 general ambivalent
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Syria conflict: UN reports mass executions by ISIS

Explosion near Syria border wounds four Israeli soldiers

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563391 john39
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"near the syrian border" likely  means 20 miles into syrian territory.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:24 | 4564435 Freddie
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Israel will not send their wonderful Merkava tanks into Syria because they are sitting ducks to the Russian anti tank AT-14 Kornet and newer missiles.  The Palestinians and Hezboolah figured out how to take out their tanks.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:41 | 4563325 HardAssets
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Forget 'principles' and all the blah, blah, blah about democracy, protecting people, etc.

To them its just moves on the grand Risk game board.

They have substantial military assets in the region surrounding Syria, (unlike in Ukraine) - - - - so that's where they will cause trouble next.

They will come up with all sorts of 'justifications' (example - false gas attack on civilians) and their owned western media will repeat it. 

Unfortunately, they play their global 'games' and drag all the rest of humanity along with them.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:38 | 4563332 GumbyMe
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The war mongers in Washington won't stop, until they have a major military conflict on their hands.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:48 | 4563402 Azannoth
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War is health of the Zionist State

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:39 | 4563335 Dr. Engali
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Wasn't there something about mending relations and the world loving us again with Mr. Hopey Changy?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:41 | 4563354 Spastica Rex
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He even received a pre-award for it.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:41 | 4563341 the not so migh...
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insanity,  This is the end, Europe and middle east will be all out war.  China has some stuff in Syria probably along wiht the Russians.  Things must be about to collapse on the economy, they have no other options now.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:40 | 4563343 Kaiser Sousa
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i hope u c how your banker controlled governemnt bitches r acting out like a spoiled little child who has been told he cant have anymore....

like a impudent little runt who needs to have his ass worn out with a firm switch...

the US is done......

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4563357 BigInJapan
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Never fear! Mommyjeans has his NCAA bracket picks in and he's finished watching Season 4 of Game of Thrones. He's on the motherfucking job!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563381 skwid vacuous
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not so fast - have you seen the seven day forecast for DC area - clear my schedule bitchez i gotz to work on ma swing 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4563358 shankster
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Wait a gall-darn minute! I thought the peace prize Prez would bring security to the world! That's what the state-controlled media said.....

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4563360 Son of Captain Nemo
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Does that alert anyone here that Russian Spetnaz and other forces are alive and well in Syria?

This is old news as Syria made the announcement last week they would be pulling their embassies in Washington, London and Saudi Arabia anyway. 

After losing more than 140,000 civilians in the past 3 years and the treachery of an American and Saudi government committing yet another war atrocity with the failed chemical weapons false flag attack -it's beyond belief that they didn't recall their diplomatic corps after last September.

Putin should cut his losses and throw them out of Moscow and recall his people from the U.S., U.K. Israel and EU.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:42 | 4563362 johny2
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Russia if it wants to survive, has to go after the petrodolar. As long as the money is controlled by the invisible elite, they rule.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:44 | 4563364 samsara
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"...has decided to take its fight back to where Europe's natgas reliance on Gazprom product was first truly exposed..."

SOME of the the commenters on ZH may think Peak Oil is a hoax.  But the geopolitical movements by the big beasts clearly show that the water hole is getting smaller.   Many small animals will suffer as the last of the big  carnivores get theirs first.



Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:46 | 4563385 The wheels on t...
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I would agree, i think Oil is becoming a thing of a past and Gas is going to be the future, cheaper and cleaner. 

Notwithstanding the rumours around Saudi and the GCC Countries telling porkies about there oil reserves....

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:44 | 4563366 The wheels on t...
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Whoever controls Syria will control the gas to EU. NATO = Pipeline from Qatar through to Europe, Russia = Pipeline from Iran through to Europe.

Assad is pro Iran pipeline, so he needs to be overthrown to get the Qatar pipeline through instead.....

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:45 | 4563374 jtg
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This suggests that the US will turn up the heat in Syria by providing more military assistance to the liver eating jihadis there.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 13:20 | 4564061 homiegot
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i hear that's delicious with fava beans.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:06 | 4564339 drendebe10
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... and a nice chianti....

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:45 | 4563375 yrbmegr
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We don't have to do Syria ourselves.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:45 | 4563379 sudzee
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Saudi already cutting support of rebels in Syria. Qatar under threat from Saudi to stop funding rebels. Russian countertheats???

Assad kicking western ass.

Isreal looks to be surrounded.

This could get ugly. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:51 | 4563419 The wheels on t...
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Actually my understanding is that Qatar have been liaisng with Iran about a joint economical plan for supplying gas to the western world (because Syria is not going anywhere), this is like taboo to Saudi and the rest of the GCC.

Saudi wants to remain the king of arabia but Iran thinks the leadership needs to change, this goes in tandem religious beleifs as well.... 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:52 | 4564547 Freddie
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Thanks.  I was wondering why the Saudis are going so mental.  Iran knows who the Saudis are allies with.  The Dual Citizens.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:51 | 4563427 semperfi
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Saud soon to turn East.  Reluctantly.  Not willingly.  Petro$ soon dead.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:03 | 4563442 semperfi
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<--will the petro$ go quietly into the night?

<--or out with a bang? 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:59 | 4563486 yrbmegr
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Israel will shoot first and refuse to answer fucking questions later.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:48 | 4563380 joego1
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First it was the chemical weapons "oops those were the wrong shells we fired!" Next it will be the mushroom cloud "oops their not supposed to know we had tactical nukes!". Vlad get the suitcase nukes out we have a customer!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:47 | 4563392 Winston Churchill
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Rabid dogs are shot.

The US is not leaving other choices.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:48 | 4563403 semperfi
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Would someone in the Pentagon please make a stand and ice this fucker now before its too late.  Its now or never guys.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:10 | 4563555 NotApplicable
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Sorry, but NO ONE enters the Pentagon without licking LOTS and LOTS of boots first.

Honestly, it's the most worthless part of the military. Nothing but scumbag suckups who cannot even be bothered to keep their uniforms from looking like shit.

To think that it has a military function is to forget its the most powerful organ of the "boys club."

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:50 | 4563412 onceinalifetime
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I'm feeling great because the chemical weapon in Syria were evacuated after Obama's ultimatum.
Now every1 can sing Kumbaya

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:50 | 4563415 yrbmegr
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No reason not to go for regime change in Syria now.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:54 | 4563445 SheepDog-One
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Gosh! Nothin but moar great news for stawks! I can't mash the Buy button fast enough! Sure glad I got that lobotomy, now I'm a real stawk trader!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:55 | 4563453 dogismycopilot
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i was in iraq the last round of sabre rattling that obama did...when he was thinking of bombing syria. the Exxon boys could not get out of Iraq fast enough. they left skid marks all over iraq. then fluor and them were fighting over seats on the emirates flights. it was hilarious. anyone with a US passport in Iraq became persona non grata overnight and a bona fide militia target.

the minute obama goes for syria, Iraq, Iran and the Saudis will be chopping each other up with swords (and US provided weapons). US oil companies will pull people out of Iraq (their equipment will stay and become part of Iraq) and they will go on the sidelines - Exxon, Fluor, Baker, Weatherford etc.

not that obama cares about that.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:00 | 4563497 yrbmegr
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I think Exxon is more worried about Sakhalin.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:57 | 4564573 Freddie
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They are worried about things falling apart is Obama tries to bomb Syria?  If he tries - Russia will be shooting down a lot of shit.    I thought I read that supposedly a Tomhawk was fired and the Russians shot it down but is was hushed up. 

The Iranians (Shia) want to get their hands on the House of Saud very badly.  I bet many in the Middle East want to get their hands on the Saudi Royals for all the people who have died throughout the Middle East due to the Saudis.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:57 | 4563471 Quinvarius
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Putin has no reason to avoid sending his military to diectly back Assad now that Obama has started WW3.  Maybe that is what we are expecting. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:05 | 4563490 news printer
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HE who controls the spice controls the Universe!

...the spice must flow

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:03 | 4563518 Meat Hammer
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They need a war so badly but Muricans don't care about countries across the pond. I know, just say that Canadians are insulting the NFL and claiming that it can't hold a candle to the CFL; Muricans would sprint to the marine recruiters office and sign up to invade Canada. 

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:04 | 4563523 Seasmoke
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Boy, time must be up, looks like they really do need a WaR !!!!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:07 | 4563535 RealityCheque
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So how do I get American politicians and military to fuck off out of my country as well?!

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:41 | 4563766 kchrisc
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Eliminate the pols, crats and banksters in your country.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:10 | 4563559 Tracerfan
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Meanwhile, while US "defense" officials are fixated on non-vital interests, China is moving on a reef with Phillippine military camped out.  China may make a move and the US won't be able to stop it.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:11 | 4563563 swmnguy
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Of course we're now going to reignite Syria.  That's the whole point of the Kissinger/Brzezinski strategy, which as actually going swimmingly.  None of these are failures.  People just don't understand the true goal.  The goal is not to take over areas, or impose Pax Americana.  The purpose is to create violent, chaotic, bloody upheaval all around Russia and China, with an emphasis on energy deposits and trans-shipment paths.  Or, as in the case of our interventions in Africa, wherever China has made large infrastructure investments.

We befriend the worst, most psychopathic and least willing to negotiate parties in all these places, or we even import our own to put in place.  Then we arm them, train them and egg them on.  We stoke up whatever existing tensions there are.  We put in an otherwise powerless, but utterly ruthless, strongman.  He knows his people will kill him the second we stop providing the muscle, so he turns over everything worth looting to our finance system.  The violence against civilians keeps anybody from being able to do anything constructive, so the best-armed can either do what they want or at least block anybody else from doing anything.

It's a classic scorched-earth, well-poisoning strategy.  Once you start to think like these psychopaths and see the world as they do, it's all pretty obvious.  And contrary to US partisan bickering memes, it's going very well, and it's been uninterrupted for about 50 years.  All of it is meant to use our military power to cover up the decline of our finance system, which is based on unlimited growth but is hitting the physical limits of our finite world.  Can't expand outward anymore, so we'll eat each other.  Anything but transition to a system that doesn't require infinite energy, resources and markets.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:21 | 4563611 pocomotion
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You have it all there for people to see...  My family and neighbors argue with me using what was told on CBS, NBC and ABC news sources.  So they cover everything so nicely and keep their own populous believing in the lies...

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 12:27 | 4563651 Quinvarius
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Sounds like a plan hatched before the invention suitcase nukes and a nuclear Middle East.  In the present context, it sounds utterly insane.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 14:37 | 4564491 Blood Spattered...
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Given that we've seen our government fly planes into skyscrapers, spy on us en masse and strip us of nearly every constitutional right we had, what's a nuked city to them?

In fact, a nuked city would give their agenda even more momentum.  MOAR destruction = MOAR dependence.

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