McCain threatens Syria and Iran with military operation

AMMAN ( – Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, US Sen. John McCain said that military action “to protect civilians of the country” might be considered now against the Syrian authorities.

However, president Obama’s administration has made clear it has no appetite for military intervention in Syria – a close ally of Iran that sits on “Israel’s” border – and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted Sunday that the Syrian opposition has not called for such action against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

“Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria”, McCain said.

“The Assad regime should not consider that it can get away with mass murder. Gaddafi made that mistake and it cost him everything. Iran’s rulers would be wise to heed similar counsel”, McCain threatened.

Nevertheless, the US government officially said that “military intervention could lead to chaos in the region”.

Syria is located in the heart of the Middle East, bordering five countries. Most of the Syrian opposition groups opposed to foreign military action.

Syria is a geographical and political keystone in the heart of the Middle East, bordering five. Most Syrian opposition groups, inside and outside Syria, have said they oppose military intervention.

Mohammad Habash, a member of Syria’s outgoing parliament, said military action “will only bring catastrophes, wars and blood and this is what we don’t wish at all”.

“We believe that the best way to protect civilians is diplomatic pressure and pushing the regime to sit and talk with the opposition and pushing the opposition to sit with the regime,” he said, who has been linked to the regime but has recently tried to position himself between the government and the opposition.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on “Fox News Sunday” that Washington is “strongly supporting a change from Assad and also an opposition that only engages in peaceful demonstration”. But she stressed that Syria’s opposition has not called for the kind of outside intervention that Libya’s opposition did.

McCain also warned Iran after it was accused in the United States of backing a plot never carried out to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US. US senator also said about the threat posed by the Tehran regime, killing according to him “American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting extremist groups in the region”.

He said that Iran has maintained its backing for Assad’s regime and seeking nuclear weapons, “trampling on the dignity of Iran’s people”.

In turn Iran says its support for Assad’s regime is to urge him to halt attacks on protesters and open dialogue seeking to end the unrest.

Tehran has dismissed the US allegations of the plot as “baseless” and has said it was willing to examine hard evidence that the US claims links Tehran and the foiled assassination conspiracy.

Iranian officials have rejected tough talk from Washington as “rhetoric,” saying the US is not in a position to attack the Islamic Republic.

Tehran regularly holds war games to showcase its capabilities in defending its nuclear facilities from possible attack.

The elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most powerful military force, has warned that there would be a strong Iranian response should the US take military action against the country. Iran repeatedly has threatened to target “Israel” should the US or “Israel” take military action against it.

Meanwhile, McCain accused Iran of trying to “hijack” the Arab Spring.

“No issue unifies the American people more than the need to protect our friends, our allies, our interests from the comprehensive threat posed by the Iranian regime. No one should test our resolve in this matter,” said the senator.

He also said that he traveled around the world a lot, particularly in the Middle East, met with heads of states and the young democracy activists, business leaders, and almost all of them, according to him, are allegedly “in favor of the fact that US leadership in the region should increase, not decrease”.

source : KC


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