Senator John McCain (R,Az) showed photos of atrocities inflicted on Syrian citizens by the Assad regime on the Senate Floor today. McCain displayed the horrific photos, one of which was of a child with severely mangled legs, in order to attain support for his claim that the United States needs to provide support to Syria and refrain from turning a blind eye to the problem, according to ABC News Feb. 13, 2014.
While discussing what we do as Americans when we ignore the problems of Syria and look away, McCain said:
"...for, if we do, we ignore, we sacrifice that which is most precious in ourselves: our ability to empathize with the suffering of others, to share it, to acknowledge through our own sense of revulsion that what is happening in Syria today is a stain on our the collective conscience of moral peoples everywhere."
McCain went on further to warn that when we turn our backs on the Syrian people, that we deaden "our national conscience" and cause the global community to question our morals and our place in "global leadership."
John McCain was first elected to the United States Senate in 1986 upon the retirement of Senator Barry Goldwater (R,Az). McCain ran for President against President Obama in 2008 as the Republican Presidential nominee, but was defeated. Like Goldwater, who also was defeated in a Presidential run in 1964, McCain has remained in the Senate for several years since his failed Presidential run. John McCain currently is 77 years old and his current Senate term will expire in January 2019. It is not known whether or not he will run for reelection at that time when he will be in his eighties.