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Serj Tankian Comments On Possibility Of American Airstrikes In Syria

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Serj Tankian, current solo artist and formerly from System of a Down, has been known for his lyrics involving politics and warfare.

Serj has now chimed in on the current situation with Syria - in which the United States is considering missile strikes against the country's government for suspected use of chemical weapons against rebels seeking to overthrow the current regime. Serj posted the following message online via Facebook:

"I'm really concerned about the 'evidence' against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons as an excuse for intervention. Remember the 'slam dunk' evidence against Iraq? Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he has the lead and in his own neighborhood? Doesn't make any sense to me. Would it be a far notion to assume that Al Qaeda or Al Nusra Front would do this to get the West involved? This time let the people of the world see the evidence and let the UN General Assembly make the decision of involvement, not a few nations of the Security Council. Just some thoughts."

After that message set off a firestorm of comments, Serj followed up with this statement:

"I really want to thank everyone who has commented on the previous post about the Syrian situation. I've read a lot of your comments and have found them illuminating. Ultimately, along with the use of chemical weapons and their horrific severity, the civil war in Syria has cost 100k lives with millions more displaced. If we really want to help, instead of conducting limited air strikes, which will not change the balance of power in Syria, we should propose an international, multilateral, UN peace-keeping force to end the civil war there and create an immediate cease fire that can lead to negotiations between the gov't and the rebels. I think the Russians and Chinese will oblige and join the effort especially given the alternative of air strikes.

"Once the civil war has ended it will be easier to deduce the guilty parties on both sides who have broken international laws and conventions and bring them to justice, preferably through the ICC or World Court to help strengthen those institutions to deal with crimes against humanity instead of weakening them as the US has in the past. Any thoughts on this?"

Earlier this summer Serj spoke about the lack of a new System of a Down album in an interview available here, prompted by discontent from other band members. He also recently took part in a collaborative track titled "We Are" with Devin Townsend and Ihsahn, which can be heard below.

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1. A bunker writes:

As of this moment and you wont believe it, france is the only country that is willing to aide in attacks against syria along with the usa, even britian has stepped back and said no thanks.
Personally as a yank myself i feel unless its a joint UN strike the usa should stay out of it, no more giving a sh't about people around the world that DGAF about us, even if our intentions are good.
Enough pissing away money on these toilet countries who do not know HTF to run a country or state, the usa is damn if they do/dont anyway, just save us tax payers the millions of dollars your a going to blow up in smoke and instead of donating it to syria, pump that into our economy and border security.
Tankian has always been a michael stivik aka " a meathead" when it comes to middle eastern politics, this is the same tankian who came out a few days later after 9/11 and praised the hijackers as courageous, so i would not take anything this guy says about politics and or the principals of war seriously at all, especially if you are an american.
If your a tankian/soad fan from the usa you are an idiot, tankian despises this country for the most part yet expresses himself freely because he has that right because real women and men who fought, served and died for this country help establish that privilege for all of us.
F Tankian

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 12:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Just a guy writes:

This is regarding A Bunkers comments. I'm not here to say who is right or wrong. However, being ignorant is no excuse for calling other countries around the world "toilet countries". Also, claiming that if someone disagrees with you that they must be "idiots". I'm sorry but it's, in my opinion, people like that who give the United States the negative reputation it has. Instead of helping humanity as a whole, we sit here in our comfortable little bubbles pretending all of these horrendous and heinous acts aren't even happening. Just like you would like your children to live a happy and healthy life, the people of all countries strive for the same thing. Please don't judge the whole based on the actions of few.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 3:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

lets see, ADOLF OBAMA is the one psuhing for this war because his masters are making him do it. Adolf Obama is nothing but a warmongering anti-human plant for the new world order. he is only doing what his masters are telling him to do. now he has been shown to be an inadequate leader. all he does is lie, make the ghetto trash attack anyone without provaction because he and his little lover eric holder will do nothing about it. he and his masters he works for have turned great countries into dumps with their muslim immigration policies. AND WHO IS BEHIND THOSE POLICIES?!?! ZIONIST JEWS!!! israel is the one responsible for this world being the way it is now and they have admitted it over and over, and yet the astupid reatrd sheople refuse to believe the reailty of it all.

J.A.G.: ""Instead of helping humanity as a whole, we sit here in our comfortable little bubbles pretending all of these horrendous and heinous acts aren't even happening""

Sorry but you are wrong on that one. I know I am not alone in making it known about how the rest of the world is slowly being turned into toilet countries due to the greedy nazi zionist jew trash destroying the rest of the world so the nazi state of israel can prosper. they admit it and when someone speaks out about it they smother the info, and claim this and that which is what zionist jews do best. spew lies and hideous propaganda while being nothing but unevolved trash. THE WORLD KNOWS WTF IS GOING ON AND WHO IS BEHIND IT....the syrian campaign will be israel's doing and adolf obama will be the slave boy making it happen.....

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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

*stupid retard sheople...was typing kinda fast....

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 9:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. KORNDOGG writes:

@branded........You sir, are the retard. What a ignorant, ironic, a$$ backwards piece of trash that comment was. If you really believe what you just wrote, check yourself into some sort of institution. asap

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 11:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

aw ty kornhole it means so much coming from you.....xxxooo

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. KORNDOGG writes:

You need some help son. I bet you believe in chem trails, 9/11 was an inside job, ect. The best part was your use of 'nazi jew'.........classic!

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. EsotericSurgery writes:

Korndogg, you have no idea what you're talking about. Keep watching your idiot box brainwashing station. The Zionist Jews make up most of the elite bloodlines that rule the planet and own all big corporations. Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitic. People really need to start waking up and researching the REAL history of this planet before it's too late.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. EsotericSurgery writes:

I can understand why most American's don't want to accept the truth. Patriotism has been hard wired into their brains. Their loved ones have died fighting unjust wars. It's time to remove the heads from the sand and realize the beautiful country the founding fathers created so long ago has been stolen and co-opted. There is no land of the free anymore. We're living in a police state. Every President since Kennedy has been a pure bred puppet for the globalists agenda.

Fun fact to chew on...did you know that prior to 9/11 there were only 7 countries not borrowing money from a Rothschild central bank? It's true...guess what they were? Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya. Now take a step back and look at that for a second and tell me that isn't the biggest coincidence you've ever seen?

I'm not going to get into 9/11, people's families died...it's no wonder people get so upset when you call bullsh!t. All you have to do is follow the money folks. The money leads back to the same families...every time.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. slammin_rushdie writes:

I'm sure someone whose handle ends in "420" has all the answers.

Just sayin'.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. A bunker writes:

They're toilet countries 2 because either the goverments or politicans are corrupted and piss away all the money they brung in on themselves and not there people or they let terrorist organizations run the asylum.
Egypt,syria and afghanistan are about as bad as it gets, especially egypt, then they get into a situation and expect the US to come in and bail them out while the tax payers of the US pay the bill, so under those circumstances yes, countries like that are toilets, and because people like you 2, who are nieve about wtf is going on in this world and wanna demonstrate a hands across america mentality is unrealistic, im not talking about cowbow antics like GWB, bbut also no more of this policing the world nonsense,it does us here at home no good.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. A bunker writes:

* never type a long message like i just did via a phone, never comes out right spelling
pardon me for the apparent illiteracy*

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. xFiruath writes:

I had a good chuckle at "Adolf Obama" and the notion that America is a police state. But that being said, I completely disagree with our President on this one.

Syria is a no-win situation, and frankly we should stay the hell out of it. The use of chemical weapons on children is abhorrent, there's no question about it, and I understand the knee-jerk reaction to go in and punish those responsible, but there are other factors to be considered. Russia has explicitly stated it will view any attacks on Syria as an act of war, and we have to consider that even if we do topple Assad so the rebels can start their own government, that won't end the civil war or sectarian violence in Syria. That place is going to be a conflict zone for the forseeable future no matter what.

Unfortunately the people looking to fill the power vacuum are just as bad as Assad, and without a doubt 10 years down the road we'll just end up arming the new crop of rebels or bombing the regime we helped put in place if we do intervene here. Our intervention in that region of the world never actually helps, and every time we bomb a country or use a drone strike, we just help Al Qaeda and other such groups bring in a new generation of recruits...

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cbella writes:

Wow! Some very 'insightful comments' from people that have never visited these 'toilet countries'. Armchair anthropologists have all the answers!

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 3:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. R10 writes:

I tried to listen to a new Korn song and could only make it through about two minutes until i had to turn it off. Man, it is some horrid sh*t.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. KORNDOGG writes:

@ES....Tell me more about these ignorant theories you have. Because its not factual. Police state? Thats laughable to say the least. I am by no means a supporter of obama, or bush or any other corupt politician. But we are still a free country, your free to spew that ignorance on here, arent you? Tell me me about how we are not free? And if you believe we killed thousands of our own on 9/11, Then why are you or branded still living in a country you hate so much? What about auroa, sandy hook, ect. Were those inside jobs too? Because last i checked, i still have both my AR's. Nobody banned anything like the conspiricy nuts said they would. You are delusional

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. KORNDOGG writes:

Now back to topic, I agree with xfiruath, its really a lose/lose. The geneva convention was put in place for a reason, if we do attack, people will say what branded and es said. If we dont, people will say we sat back and did nothing to stop this monster from chemically attacking his own. Whats next? A man or country is only as strong as his word. Tough situation, technically not our problem, but has tge potential to be the worlds problem

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. EsotericSurgery writes:

I don't live in America. I live in Canada. It's a police state here too. Live in denial if you choose. Whatever you do, don't let them take your guns like we did.

Sure...you're free to say what you want...but the NSA is watchin'. ;)

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 8:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. EsotericSurgery writes:

BTW, you can live in a country you love and disagree with the leaders who run the country. I hate Stephen Harper. He's just as much a puppet as Obama. Yet I make the ignorant statements. Thanks for the laugh pal.

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 8:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. EsotericSurgery writes:

Watch this. Humor me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP7L8bw5QF4&feature=youtu.be

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 8:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. hellrat writes:

Heh...Bomb Switzerland :)

In respect to Eso's comment...yes, No handguns allowed in our Great Northern Provinces of the archaic Commonwealth...yes, police state of a sort...eh, fvcking English ;)

This fvcking cvnt sergio really needs to just give it up, find a closet and hang himself...his psuedo-politico bullsh!t and winney-goat vocals are just plain embarrassing, in every respect...ya know, vomit a little inside kinda sh!t ;0

hey KDogg, what models/cals. AR's ya got?

NP---Made in America---Toby Keith

# Sep 1, 2013 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. KORNDOGG writes:

1 rock r 556 snd 1sig-saurer 556,, also got a glock 17 and a beretta 22 handguns

# Sep 2, 2013 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. hellrat writes:

right on, I really like the Rock lar in .308...slick rifle. How do you like the sig?

I'm really a bolt gun guy...latest is an M70 stainless in 7mm WSM I got coming from CANADA of all places... :)

Slapping on a Zeiss 3.5-10x44 with the rapid Z 800 reticle, shooting Federal TC 150 grain pills @3250fps

Thing will be wicked \m/

# Sep 2, 2013 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. EsotericSurgery writes:

Can someone please approve my previous post? It had a youtube link it and said it was flagged for moderation. There's nothing explicit about the video and may serve to open some people's minds a bit.

# Sep 2, 2013 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. nekro vomit writes:

Um excuse #10 have you even smoked weed before? It stimulates your brain, makes you think about stuff. Why the f*** do you think the government outlawed it? Stoners can be some of the most well informed people around for the simple fact we use more of our brain then you "sober" brain for lack of a better word. That being said branded and eso actually know what they're talking about and if you don't think america is a police state your living in a fantasy world

# Sep 2, 2013 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. nekro vomit writes:

Sorry for spelling I'm on a phone

# Sep 2, 2013 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. brandedcfh420 writes:

""But we are still a free country, your free to spew that ignorance on here, arent you? ""

say something against the nazi adolf obama regime and you are racist. disagree with the politics of adolf obama and you are racist. refuse to accept the influx of muslim trash that adolf obama is helping in this country to destroy American pride and you are racist. THATS HOW THE NAZI JEW ZIONIST TRASH HAS MADE THE COUNTRY LOOK AT THE PATRIOTS WHO WANT AMERICA TO REMAIN AMERICA AND NOT THE UNTIED STATES OF ISLAM, which is what obama and his "slave masters" are doing around the world. look at every country that let in the muslims and then see how those same muslims who cried for freedom and tolerance are intolerant and wanting to impose sharia law on every country. our own country is slowly turning into sharia law states, its plain as day, but people who feel too scared to speak up about it refuse to see it....

# Sep 3, 2013 @ 7:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. EsotericSurgery writes:

Branded the only thing I will say I disagree with is that it's not Islam that's the problem. Islam is a religion of peace. I can hear the out cry now but if you actually read the Quran for yourself you will see. The problem with Islam is the same in any religion...the extremists. The people who have twisted certain passages to fit their own agenda.

The idea that Islam is trying to go in amd infiltrate countries and take them over is an extremist ideology. 90% of Muslims want peace just like we do. You can't judge the barrel of apples by the spoiled ones. That's like saying all Christians hate fags because Westboro said so. If America and its allies didn't support Israel and hadn't been bombing and decimating infrastructure in the Middle East for so long this wouldn't be an issue for us. If they killed our own we would take up arms and fight too. They're not terrorists...they're human beings just like us. Men in sandals with AKs defending their families are not terrorists. Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and now Syria and finally Iran have all been planned and scripted long ago. It's about oil not terrorism.

I recommend everyone scroll up and copy paste the link to the video I posted. Might be 13 minutes that could really open your eyes amd maybe even change your world view.

# Sep 3, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Drewsky writes:

Religion = cult. It ends there. Any further "justification" of religion's existence from the 21st century onward, picking and selecting the good bits, is either total ignorance of science and discovery since the days it was invented, or wishful thinking by cowards afraid of confrontation. Religion must end. Period. All of which you find good in it for society can be achieved without it. You can't ignore discovery and invention to preserve ancient ideals.

# Sep 3, 2013 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. brandedcfh420 writes:

ES: is that why they cry about wanting to be in a country that promotes freedom and then turn on the freedoms they cried for wanting? every country that islam is welcomed into turns into a war zone between muslims and the native people. muslims (especially the one in the white house) only want islam to be the religion. it should also be noted now that islam has been deemed the religion of america and is now protected from anti-islam speech while christianity and christians are being thrown to the wolves by the bought off political whoress that are just pet monkeys on a leash......while i do not support christianity at all, im not one to see some foreign satanic cult come here and think they are the only ones who are protected by laws. yet these are the ones who are murdering, raping, robbing non muslims and claiming its the victims fault.

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