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But neither Israel nor the USA were disinterested parties with respect to the conflicts in Lebanon. They were more interested in strategic gains than saving lives.

The point of a joint French-German intervention, to spell it out, would have been that jointly they would neutralise any accusation of bias in favour of one side or the other, insofar as they were seen, in the fevered imaginations of the belligerents, as natural allies of one or the other.

No guarantee of success, obviously. But a moral obligation to try.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 05:28:54 AM EST
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Oh, yeah, and France and Germany would be disinterested parties with respect to a conflict in Spain. They would have no strategic interests other than saving lives.

I submit Germany and France give a flying fuck about saving lives in the "problem countries".

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 05:48:21 AM EST
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No conceivable European country would be a disinterested party in case of a European civil war. They will have supported the elites that caused the problem. Do you really imagine the EU would send a task force to protect a Sryzia government from a military putsch? An invasion of Greece to stop fascists hunting down immigrants and leftists? Really?

On the other hand an escalating intervention in support of an unpopular right wing government doesn't look unlikely.

by generic on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 06:09:51 AM EST
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How long before the Troika starts sending police cooperation missions to Greece?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 06:36:52 AM EST
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We could also just lend them money so they can hire Blackwater. Wait
by generic on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 06:46:51 AM EST
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And Blackwater had the PR sense to 'discover' a right wing plot as their first move. How can lefties criticize them now?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 12:15:24 PM EST
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So you think there was no right-wing plot to discover? That would be actually quite surprising.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 12:22:11 PM EST
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Oh no. But at least they had the sense to go after it first, rather than concentrating on the feared leftist plotters. That will allow them to claim even handed behavior when they do go after leftist, which I am sure are the main concern of their employers.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 02:37:15 PM EST
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My suspicions will be dis-confirmed were they to do a thorough job or rooting out right wing violent fascists.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 02:38:19 PM EST
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