US Senators call for Syria to be bombed as soon as possible

As the US economy almost recovered and about to completely emerge out from the crisis, will it be plunged into another war?

US Senator John McCain

Arizona Republican Senator and former presidential candidate in 2008, John McCain, on Monday became the first US senator to call for bombing of Syria to stop the slaughter of unarmed civilians being carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mr McCain told the US Senate that America must remove President Bashar al-Assad. Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign airpower, McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

Therefore, at the request of [opposition forces], the United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assads forces. Two other Senators, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), issued a statement Monday night saying they support McCains position toward Syria.

“The US air force should suppress enemy air defences in at least part of the country, with aim of creating “safe havens” where opposition forces can organise and plan their political and military activities against Assad,” McCain added.

Increasingly, the question for US policy is not whether foreign forces will intervene militarily in Syria. We can be confident that Syrias neighbors will do so eventually, if they have not already. Some kind of intervention will happen, with us or without us, McCain said. So the real question is whether we will participate in this next phase of the conflict in Syria, and thereby increase our ability to shape an outcome that is beneficial to the Syrian people.

I believe we must.

Syria pretty much destroyed now even without bombing

An estimated 7,500 Syrians have been killed by Assads military during the past year, including hundreds in the city of Homs which has been targeted by tank and artillery attacks.

“The kinds of mass atrocities that Nato intervened in Libya to prevent in Benghazi are now a reality in Homs. Indeed, Syria today is the scene of some of the worst state-sponsored violence since Milosevic’s war crimes in the Balkans, or Russia’s annihilation of the Chechen city of Grozny,” McCain said.

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