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ISIL Compares Gays to Pedophiles, Says They Are The 'Worst of Creatures' - VIDEO

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The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant, the unrecognized jihadist terrorist group operating Iraq and Syria, has made effective use of social media to disseminate its propagandistic messages. Since August the extremist group has released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists as well as David C. Haines, a British aid worker.

The organization has consistently released videos encouraging its members to remain steadfast to the ISIL cause and remain wary of danger “kafir,” Western infidel, influences like drug dealers, pedophiles, and gay people. The West and non-Muslim countries, an ISIL fundamentalist claims in one of the group’s more recent videos, is targeting Muslim children.

“If you have family in these kafir countries, what is gonna happen most probably? You don’t have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it is a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools, and who’s gonna teach your children? It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile, you know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people, Allah says that they are the worst of creatures.”

Initial reports claimed that the masked ISIL fighter speaking in the video was a disaffected Arsenal soccer player who had left his life in Portugal to pursue ISIL’s cause. British intelligence subsequently identified the man as Celso Rodrigues da Costa, a 29 year old man from Portugal who had moved to England to pursue his studies.

“[ISIL] is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates,” President Obama said during a speech explaining the US’s plan to combat the terrorist group. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

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Vladimir Putin Speaks 'Directly to the American People'

Vladimir Putin has written an op-ed in the NYT imploring the U.S. to not bomb Syria:

PutinRecent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies....

...No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

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. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance....

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President Obama's Address to the Nation on the Syria Crisis: VIDEO

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In a special primetime address to the nation, President Obama argued his case for the use of military action in Syria, and recent developments that could lead to a diplomatic solution to the crisis over chemical weapons. Specifically, a proposal that international monitors take control of Assad's arsenal and ultimately oversee its destruction.

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The NYT offered an excellent summary of the rapidly-changing developments shortly before the speech:

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria could avert a strike if he turned over his chemical weapons stockpile within a week, adding that such an outcome was unlikely. Mr. Kerry’s staff later described the remark as a “rhetorical exercise,” but by Monday night his apparently off-the-cuff proposal had gained broad support, including a warm welcome from both Syria and Russia, which said it would bring Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. On Tuesday, France said it would propose a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for Syria to allow weapons inspectors to oversee the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and to require it to sign the international treaty banning the use of such weapons. But Russia responded that the French resolution was “unacceptable” because it allowed for military enforcement, and said it would propose its own measure.

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Jon Stewart Responds to the Syria Crisis, McCain's Poker-Playing Response: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart hilariously shredded Senator John McCain last night for playing a game of iPhone poker during the Syria intervention hearings, but mostly just threw his arms up at the Groundhog Deja Clusterf**k of it all.

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AFA's Sandy Rios: Gays and Women in the Military Will Undermine Effectiveness of Syrian Strike - AUDIO

Sandy RiosAmerican Family Association nut Sandy Rios today warned that any potential U.S. military intervention in Syria may fail as a result of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the opening of additional Navy positions to female service members.

Said Rios on her radio show:

"When I looked at those battleships going into the Mediterranean, supposedly getting ready for battle in Syria, I couldn't help think about all the stories I've read about how women now are in the ranks of the Navy, getting pregnant at exponential numbers; when I think about the folding in and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the homosexual takeover of so much of our military I'm not sure how effective those naval ships will be."

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Jon Stewart Returns to 'The Daily Show', Fun Syrian Jamboree: VIDEO

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John Oliver, Jessica Williams, and Stephen Colbert assisted Jon Stewart with his repatriation after a summer abroad, a process which included at least one Miley breakdown (below).

Stewart was unenthused to realize he'd returned right in the midst of deliberations regarding military action in Syria:

"Oh right, we have to bomb Syria because we're in 7th grade, and the red line that they crossed is actually a dick-measuring ribbon."

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