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senate Bill S. 756

Does There Need to be Accountability for War Crimes Committed in Syria?

Argument in favor

People and institutions who commit war crimes and human rights abuses in Syria need to be held accountable. The U.S. has a humanitarian obligation and the resources to do so.

operaman's Opinion
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10/02/2015
Yes, but not from the US. Use International Courts.
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Kathy's Opinion
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10/06/2015
Yes, but we are talking about this weak, feckless President who has his thin "red line" strangling the middle east, we know it will not happen. This is what happens when the American people disengage from what is happening in the world. Called APATHY!
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10/07/2015
These crimes do need to be addressed by the UN, but the US is the only superpower in the world right now. If we lend our voice to an issue, more will be done about it.
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It isn’t America’s place to try and bring justice to war criminals and those who commit crimes against humanity in Syria. These violations need to be addressed by the United Nations.

chrisbroach's Opinion
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10/03/2015
This is the UN's job. The US can play a role in that, but we should not be the sole judge and jury. We have too many of our own war crimes to judge anyone else's.
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LibertyForAll's Opinion
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10/04/2015
Not our responsibility... Force the UN to do their job.
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MeganEHolstein's Opinion
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10/08/2015
Perhaps this bill can be adjusted to make it a UN issue so the UN can actually be changed for the better
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    Yes, but not from the US. Use International Courts.
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    This is the UN's job. The US can play a role in that, but we should not be the sole judge and jury. We have too many of our own war crimes to judge anyone else's.
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    Not our responsibility... Force the UN to do their job.
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    Yes, but we are talking about this weak, feckless President who has his thin "red line" strangling the middle east, we know it will not happen. This is what happens when the American people disengage from what is happening in the world. Called APATHY!
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    There will be accountability but the question remains who gets to enforce what. There are many bad guys on every side except those who are victims. Assad is evil but so is ISIS and many of the moderates are in the same camp.
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    The UN exists for this purpose
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    These crimes do need to be addressed by the UN, but the US is the only superpower in the world right now. If we lend our voice to an issue, more will be done about it.
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    That's fine but do they know exactly who committed the crimes! Which individuals? Name them! Or are the just talking Assad? Which of his generals! Name them and what they are responsible for! As for Isis! Any and all members and associates if ISIS should be hunted down and killed on the spot without trial!
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    Yes to accountability, but by the United Nations!
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    War crimes should always be pursued by the international courts.
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    Since we have apparently decided to be at war eternally and fail to hold ourselves accountable for the mess The W. Administration created in the Middle East, it seems unlikely that we won't decide to police war crimes. Someone should but it 1!) is it really our job? and 2) are we credible given that we have historically supported repressive regimes and destroyed democratically elected governments if they opposed US business interests? It would be a darlin' thing if we could get realism & balance in our foreign policy.
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    Yes but according to the Geneva Conventions only the United Nations Security Council can hold other nations, groups, or individuals accountable for war crimes.
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    Perhaps this bill can be adjusted to make it a UN issue so the UN can actually be changed for the better
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    War crimes what a crock of shit
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    What goes on in another country is none of our business.
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    As permanent members of the UN Security Council and as a supposed "democracy" we should hold Syria accountable. We must not forget that the current civil war in Syria was triggered by Assad's violent response to peaceful protesters who demanded government reform and for democracy. Also they used illegal weapons against their own people. Nerve agents, bombings and violent crackdowns in the early days.
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    Yes. Other nations have been held accountable for war crimes, Syria shouldn't be any different.
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    No because of the cost and because of the fact that war crimes not perpetrated against US soldiers/civilians should not be tried by the US. The UN has a system set up for this. Use that system.
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    Stay out of others affairs. The UN has been useless for anything thing except helping enemies of the USA!!
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    We should only do so after the UN starts playing a bigger role instead of relying on our military personnel to police the world, and then we can start taking accountability.
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