McCain presses White House to arm Syrian rebels
Earnest April 16, 2012
Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John McCain has once again urged the White House to arm Syrian
rebels after a ceasefire went into effect in Syria in order to end more
than one year of turmoil in the country. It is clear that McCain is not
interested in a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict, that's
why he continues to advocate war.
"Over there (in Syria), they're waiting for American leadership. We have
announced that we are now providing them with non-lethal equipment --
that doesn't do very well against tanks and artillery," said McCain who
has recently returned from a trip to Turkey where he met with members of
the anti-government group of Free Syrian Army.
"We need to get a
sanctuary for the Free Syrian Army, we need to get them supplies, we
need to get them weapons. And there are many ways to get weapons to
them. We showed that in Libya, we showed that in Afghanistan," he added.
This is not the first time McCain
has called for providing Syrian rebels with weapons.
February 23, McCain said the US "should consider every option ranging
from sanctuaries to seeing that weapons are brought to the hands of
those who are resisting [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad."
April 13, US President Barack Obama approved providing Syrian rebels
with non-lethal aid, including communications equipment and medicines.
remarks come while a ceasefire, which is part of a six-point plan
proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, went into effect as of
Annan said on April 11 that he had received a written
pledge from the Syrian Foreign Ministry to "cease all military fighting
throughout the Syrian territory."
Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad said on March 6 that the Syrian people have "proven their
capacity to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their
determination to pursue reforms along with the fight against