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Who said it?

Updated: 2013-09-12T14:43:26Z

By DAVE HELLING

Who said it — Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Rep. Kevin Yoder, or Vladimir Putin?

1. “The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders.”

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2 . “Even the U.S. military has recognized military action cannot even begin to resolve the complicated underlying historic, ethnic, religious and tribal issues fueling the conflict in Syria. And with no clear strategy for peace and resolution beyond the proposed targeted air strikes, there is no reason ... to enter into this quagmire.”

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3. “It is said that America must act to prevent Assad from using chemical weapons again. But it is unknown whether attacking Assad encourages him or discourages him. It is equally likely that Assad could feel cornered and resort to chemical weapons in an expanded fashion.”

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4 . “While atrocities in Syria and the tremendous loss of life is unacceptable — the purpose of any military intervention would be to stop Syria from using chemical weapons. There is no indication that any attack ... ensures that desired result.”

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5. “I have real concerns about the United States acting unilaterally without the United Nations, without NATO, without the international community. I think that sets a terrible precedent for other countries in years to come to take similar action.”

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