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A Shot Across the Bow
Commentary Magazine, by John Steele Gordon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 9/9/2013 5:26:19 AM

“A shot across the bow” has been a much-used metaphor of late, referring to the proposed strike against the Assad regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons. But what does that phrase mean, exactly? In the days before radio communications it was a warning that meant, simply, “stop or I’ll sink you.” It gave the other ship an opportunity to stand to before being attacked. But the warning, necessarily, implied the possibility of further hostile action. After all, if you tell someone to “stop or I’ll sink you,” and they don’t stop, the next move is to hit them directly.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/9/2013 5:48:30 AM     (No. 9512266)

Barry´s adamant war on Syria is nothing more than a war to further the cause of his beloved Muslim Brotherhood.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/9/2013 5:50:13 AM     (No. 9512268)

With Obama it´s more like "a shot across the stern"...as in, I really don´t like where you´ve been but I don´t have the balls to try to stop you so you can keep going where you´re going unless everybody else says we should try to stop you...maybe.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sailor43, 9/9/2013 7:38:17 AM     (No. 9512368)

Syria, a sovereign nation, did not sign the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1996.  The present conflict affects only Syrians.  This conflict is not an international dispute; it´s a civil war initiated by insurgents and fought entirely in Syria.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Chemical_Weapons_Convention#States_that_have_signed_but_not_ratified

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jimK1, 9/9/2013 8:16:34 AM     (No. 9512413)

Oclueless is in so far over his head that you could put the Empire State building under him and he´d still drown. He has no cabinet worth mentioning, even his speech writers are pretty pathetic. This administration has to be the weakest ever, and that´s the good part.

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