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    What are the rules of engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus?

    What are the rules of engagement at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus?

    That’s the question I have, because the French obviously have different rules than we do (h/t Israel Matzav):

    Syrians loyal to President Bashar Assad stormed the US and French embassies in Damascus on Monday. The crowds managed to break into and enter the American compound, but French guards repelled the attack against their facility with live fire.

    Will we allow another “student” takeover of one of our embassies? Remember, the people helping Assad crush the current uprising are the same people who pretty much wrote the book on embassy takeovers and diplomatic hostage taking.

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    let me get this straight: crowds of angry pro-assad demonstrators storm both the french and american embassies. both incursions were turned back, the french by using live ammunition and the americans through other, less lethal, means. both embassies had property damage like broken windows, but no one was hurt.

    so why exactly is the french response better? they achieved the same result as the americans. the only difference was the french response was a lot riskier, they shot live ammo into the air near unarmed protesters. if they had hit a protester, the french embassy probably would have been overrun by an enraged crowd.

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    davod | July 13, 2011 at 5:25 am

    “Otherwise it is retreat and await rescue.”

    Fine in a civilised country, but Syria has been acting beyond the pale for weeks.


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