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Novelist Teju Cole parodies the Washington Post's coverage of Syria

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  1. Deji McGever

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    Teju Cole is one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter...mostly for his out of the box thinking and irreverent humor. He repsonded to the WaPosts's "9 Questions About Syria You Were Afraid to Ask", by making it "9 Questions About Britian You Were Afraid to Ask," poking fun at the fact that the chemicals sold to Syria came from the UK, and making the point that the west views the world as divided into nations we think of bombing and nations we don't.

    It's too long to post here, but I highly reccomend reading it.
     
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    Really good stuff. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Thanks for sharing -- good stuff. I can't tell if it's truly confirmed the nerve gas (or maybe just the components?) came from the UK.

    He's totally correct that we've divided the world into countries we can imagine bombing and countries we cannot imagine bombing.

    The Portishead blast was perhaps my favorite bit of his routine.

    I like Teju much better now than I did after finishing his first book, which I thought wasn't very well written.
     
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    8.
    Q. What's the big deal over chemical weapons? Conventional weapons sales kill millions.
    A. [redacted]
     
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    We don't even know anything! I still think it is more plausible that the Al Qaeda people used the nerve gas, because they are the only ones who had motivation to do it!
     
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    The british? Let's bomb the hell out of those limey bastards. Their food sucks and their woman have bad teeth.
     
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    It's extremely unlikely that Al Qaeda somehow got into Syrian govt. controlled area in order to launch the attacks. We know they where they were launched from.

    But the piece from Cole was really good.
     
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    If it was government controlled, why would the government gas the people?
     
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    i haven't read the piece yet, the one thing that gets me is the reporting of 100K deaths as if it is all on the gov't side.

    ron paul was on alex wagner's show and was saying that the media does this on purpose, he is still a quack but at some point it is hard to argue with him.
     
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    According to the Israeli intelligence, because they underestimated the effectiveness. No one intended to kill a bunch of civilians on purpose, at least according to Army intelligence that listened to Syrian radio chatter.
     
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    The area was rebel controlled, and as Deji said they probably didn't have an idea with enough precision as to what would happen.

    There was also communication showing a Senior Syrian regime official saying that Syria used the chemical weapons and being afraid of them getting found out.

    That kind of intel would not really be possible if Al Qaeda had done it.
     
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    Russia disagrees.
     
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    So we're taking Russia seriously now?
     
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    Why would you not take them seriously?
     
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    If AQ did it, why would the government then bomb the area, destroying evidence, and then wait 5 days to let UN inspectors in?
     
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    Well the intel is what the intel is.
     
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    And why would a high ranking Syrian official talk about the chem attack coming from Syria and be worried about it being found out.

    I think there's little doubt that Assad's govt. was responsible.
     
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    I'm not necessarily in favor of getting into the war. I also don't think limited missile strikes is really the same as getting into the war. The intel the U.S. has includes that of a top Syrian official talking about the chem weapon attacks coming from the govt. and him being worried about it getting found out.
     
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    Weapons of mass destructions say hi.
     

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