Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 12, 2012
United for a Free Syria (UFS) welcomes the latest shift in U.S. policy towards the Syrian uprising. The Obama administration is moving in the direction of providing direct assistance to Syria’s revolutionaries, and there have been specific calls for the U.S. to participate in an international effort of military intervention that would effectively end the bloodshed.
According to Foreign Policy, the Obama administration has expanded its interactions with the Syrian National Council (SNC), as well as with internal opposition bodies including Syrian NGOs, the Local Coordinating Councils, and the Revolutionary Councils that are increasingly becoming the de facto representation of the Syrian opposition. Moreover, the administration has expressed intent to support the SNC’s recently formed defense committee, which could potentially serve as a contact point for coordinating military and technical assistance to the Syria revolutionaries.
Thus, the option of the U.S. arming the opposition remains on the table. However, the administration has decided not to oppose direct military assistance by other countries. An administration official stated, "U.S. policy is now aligned with enabling the opposition to overthrow the Assad regime. This codifies a significant change in our Syria policy."
Nonetheless, there have been calls for further and more aggressive action. Sen. Joseph Lieberman stated, “Bashar al-Assad, equipped and resupplied by Iran and Russia, is now waging an outright war against the Syrian people, who are outmatched, outgunned, and urgently in need of decisive international intervention” (Foreign Policy). In a statement released on March 5th, Sens. Lieberman, John McCain and Lindsey Graham made a strong call for a U.S.-led intervention in Syria to begin immediately. They pushed for political and military support to the opposition to help bring about an effective end to the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown. The three senators affirmed that the U.S. must engage in “an international effort to protect civilian population centers in Syria through airstrikes on Assad’s forces.”
In a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joints Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, military intervention in Syria was considered and discussed. Gen. Dempsey stated that Obama had asked the Pentagon for a preliminary review of military options, including the enforcement of a no-fly zone and humanitarian airlifts. In the event that the decision for intervention is made, Dempsey stated that the military would be ready (CBSNews).
UFS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha stated:
“We welcome the U.S. administration’s latest steps to support the Syrian people and help to relieve them from the brutality of the Assad regime. International diplomacy efforts aimed to end the regime’s mass killing of civilians have utterly failed, and the violence shows no signs of abating. The only recourse is military intervention. The question remains: How many more Syrian innocents must be murdered before the international community will effectively intervene?”
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