U.S. Senator John McCain doubts a military intervention in Syria would stop Bashar Assad from further conducting violent crackdowns on opponents so it would be too risky.
McCain, who was in Libya last week, is a vigorous supporter of the international air strikes being done by the international community to stop the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
McCain, who was interviewed Thursday on France-24 television said that in Syria, however, “I don’t see a way that we could intervene militarily.”
“I think it would be very risky and I don’t know if we could stop the terrible behaviour of Syrian president Bashar Assad.”
McCain urged the U.N. Security Council to exert pressure and impose sanction when he visited Paris this week.
The Obama administration has cautiously tread on the Syrian problem where over 450 people had already been killed but is now considering new “targeted sanctions” versus Syria as part of “a range of possible policy option”.
The Security Council which met Wednesday however failed to arrive at a united stance versus the aggression of the Assad government. A unanimous statement from the council was blocked by Russia, Lebanon and China which warned of the sparking of a brutal civil war in the event of foreign intervention.
CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk reported that a Security Council open session was used by the nations Wednesday to vent their frustration on the lack of consensus and the impasse amid the explosions and gunfires in the Syrian city.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice called on the president of Syria to change course immediately. She said the U.S. condemns the Bashar al-Assad government’s abhorrent violence against its own people, in the strongest possible terms.
“We also call upon the international community to respond to this brutal crackdown, and to hold accountable those who are perpetrating these gross human rights violations,” Rice said.
EU diplomats have already exerted pressure on Syria to end violence
A human rights activist in Syria reported the quitting of over 200 members of the ruling Baath party in view of the brutal crackdown of the government versus Assad’s opponents.