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From Minnesota and beyond, Syria vote divides lawmakers — but not like they’re used to

REUTERS/Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker
The USS Gravely is one of the four U.S. guided missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on standby as the Syria crisis develops.
Rep. Collin Peterson
REUTERS/Mike TheilerRep. Collin Peterson

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/04/2013 - 12:10 pm.

    The first question that must be asked is:

    What is the basis for intervention under international law?

    As I understand it, the UN Charter prohibits signatory countries from engaging in war except 1) as a means of defending themselves against aggression, or 2) unless the UN as a body has given prior approval to the operation. The UN also reserves the right to ask member nations to intervene against non-signatory countries which embark on wars of aggression. We are not defending ourselves. The UN has not and will not grant approval. Syria is, I believe, a signatory. Moreover, it is not engaged in a war of aggression, as that term is ordinarily understood.

    Do we become war criminals by launching an attack on Syria? Do we think we’re too powerful to be sanctioned?

    I hope to see these issues addressed, though I expect they will not be.

    • Submitted by Amy Farland on 09/04/2013 - 02:18 pm.

      international law

      and UN Charter Articles 2 and 51. I agree with you; the foremost considerations of international law will not be addressed by anyone except Ban at the UN.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/04/2013 - 04:28 pm.

      An alternative 1st question….

      Which way’s Bachmann voting so I can do the opposite?

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/04/2013 - 12:27 pm.

    Here’s your “nuance” that seems to be missing

    from the conversation: This is a civil war. America has always avoided taking sides in a civil war. Especially republicans, who are more attentive to such details since republicans and their offspring tend to make up most of the armed forces.

    We don’t takes sides in civil wars, especially in civil wars where neither side is our friend.

  3. Submitted by Amy Farland on 09/04/2013 - 02:18 pm.


    so from Kline we get the rousing: “Obama made me do it” …. what a putz.

  4. Submitted by Pat Igo on 09/04/2013 - 04:22 pm.

    Who’s best interest?

    Is it in the best interest of the United States to lob some cruise missiles into another civil war or would it be in the best interest of it’s commander in chief, to restore (he has none) some of his creditability?
    That’s the only question our Minnesota delegation has to answer to. Thus the quandary.

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