The calls for war against Syria have been renewed by U.S. lawmakers in the aftermath of a chemical attack, in Jobar near Damascus, allegedly by the Syrian government.
McCain said on Thursday: "It is long past time for the United States and our friends and allies to respond to Assad’s continuing mass atrocities in Syria."
He's calling for "decisive actions, including limited military strikes to degrade Assad's air power and ballistic missile capabilities," according to the National Journal.
In March when allegedly the Syrian government used chemical weapons, McCain and Graham joined forces to write a statement about the attacks.
They wrote: "President Obama has said that the use of weapons of mass destruction by Bashar Assad is a ‘red line’ for him that ‘will have consequences" according to RT.
Reuters reported in May that: "U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used Sarin gas." Human rights investigators from the U.N. gathered eyewitness testimony from medical staff that the deadly nerve agent was the work of rebels and not the Assad regime.
An independent commission of inquiry on Syria said they had not seen evidence of Assad's government using chemical weapons against the Syrian population. While it's always possible that Assad launched the recent deadly attacks it would make no sense for them to do so. They know that using chemicals would turn the whole world against them.
In July, Assad had agreed to allow U.N. inspectors to visit three sites in Syria to investigate claims of the Syrian government using chemical weapons, according to the BBC.
After this recent attack Russia is urging the Assad regime to fully cooperate with the U.N. for more investigations in the area where Sarin gas was allegedly used.
Since supposedly the Assad regime has "crossed the red line" the U.S. repositioned four destroyers off the coast of Syria. This was done in order to possibly launch cruise missiles against Assad if it's proven they used chemicals against the Syrian population.
An attack by the U.S. would possibly trigger more violence in Syria. Any intervention by the Obama administration could potentially ignite a full scale war in the Middle East. It could be the start of World War III, bringing Syrian allies to their defense.
The Marine Corps Times reports: "Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Abbas Arakji, warned that an American military intervention in Syria will "complicate matters."
The rebels are being blamed, again, for in this latest chemical attack. Syria's Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said their government had proof that rebel forces were responsible for the attacks.
Allegedly Syrian State television broadcast images of "plastic jugs, gas masks, vials of an unspecified medication, explosives and other items that it said were seized from rebel hideouts Saturday."
It was also said that one barrel had "made in Saudi Arabia" stamped on it. It's a well known fact that the Saudis and Qataris support the Syrian rebels. It was also broadcast that the Syrian government showed medicines that were manufactured by a Qatari-German medical supply company.
Will this proof be enough to dissuade the U.S. from launching military strikes against Assad's government? The civil war in Syrian has allegedly been hijacked, according to an earlier report by this Examiner. There has been in-fighting between rebel forces and al-Qaeda, according to USA Today.
Perhaps since the rebel forces are allegedly losing the war in Syria, they would do whatever it takes to get the U.S. involved in a war we have no business being mixed up in.
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