Clinton warns on 'war criminal' Assad

2012-02-28 19:36

Washington - US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said on Tuesday that an argument could be made that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal.

"There would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category," Clinton told a Senate committee hearing, responding to a senator's question as to whether Assad could be called a war criminal.

But she added that using such labels "limits options to persuade leaders to step down from power".

  • Fred - 2012-02-28 19:47

    That's the core problem with our criminal justice system, the punishment end-game.

      RA - 2012-02-29 07:13

      clinton go suck a... everyone know USA is the warmongers

      Fred - 2012-02-29 13:52

      You don't speak for the world, RA, notwithstanding what your considerable Ego thinks.

  • Shawn Larsen - 2012-02-28 19:53

    This from the United States? A tad rich for my delicate palate...They've produced more 'war criminals' than any other country on the planet. It's almost comical to see America's foreign policy coming together.

      Jameel - 2012-02-28 20:42

      You right Shawn, its in there blood to wipe nations out and destroy civilization, why worry about Assad whos on the other side of the world when you cant even fix the problems Felipe Calderon and Mexico experience.

      Burtfred - 2012-02-28 21:19

      Misguided rubbish. The first person to agree with your condemnation of the USA is one "Jameel" Fine, inbiased company you keep. Mr Larson.

      Fred - 2012-02-29 13:55

      Reactionary rubbish. As for your stupid statement Jameel, what would you be saying if the US used its military to assist Mexica? I can just imagine. You both have small intellects based on small levels of awareness.

  • Derek - 2012-02-29 12:45

    Lying bitch. She knows all too well that it's her mercenaries that are causing all the mayhem in Syria.

      Fred - 2012-02-29 13:56

      Derek, I recommend putting down your spade (it's not a guitar) and educating yourself a bit. At the moment you're showing yourself to be ignorant and foolish.

      Alexander - 2012-02-29 18:27

      Fred, Why are you teaching everyone? It is so american:-( If could read papers and magazines from other countries(not western) you would find that a lot of peoples do not like american politicians and their way. As for Syria you should know history and see bigger picture. And I am very much agree with Derec--Klinton is a very very evil politician and shame for all americans

      Fred - 2012-02-29 18:44

      You've blinded yourself with anti-US rhetoric plied by the UNELECTED oppressive regimes of the Middle East from which the people of the Middle East are freeing themselves by the tens of millions. Time to take off the blindfolds?

      Fred - 2012-02-29 18:47

      One hundred million to be more exact. Think about it. And also think about the fact that 134 countries out of the 151 on Earth have demanded that the Assad regime stop its assault on its own people and step down. Including the Arab League, which represents up to 350 million Muslims of the Middle East. That's the vast majority of the world's population. And the only opponents of this idea are the remaining oppressive regimes in the world. Think about it.

      Alexander - 2012-02-29 22:40

      @Fred Hm The same I can say about you. About UNELECTED- Do not you think that Syria is not the first regime which has to be dealt with?? ELECTION works only in WELL-EDUCATED society. It is not Syria case for sure. And how western "helps" other regimes in Middle East ?? Iraq, Lybia, Egypt. wonderful help

      Alexander - 2012-02-29 22:43

      @Fred Wow- It is so transparent propaganda. I can not beleive that anybody can buy it

      Fred - 2012-02-29 23:08

      Hi Alexander. I don't think the idea of allowing unelected, oppressive, dictatorial regimes because the population is uneducated will go down well on this South Africa website, after 48 years of such rule in which the Apartheid regime used the same excuse. It is true the so-called West had not always done the right thing, or always gone about things in the right way, but to blame the untold numbers of civilian deaths caused by Muslim extremists with their intentional car bombs and suicide attacks in public places is dim, immature, infantile, wrong. And what of Saddam's gassing of thousands of Kurds, and his war on Iran that caused ONE MILLION deaths? And his invasion of Kuwait. And his sons who tortured and raped countless people. Why do you mention Libya? It was the Arab League representing up to 350 million Muslims who rightly demanded protection for Lubyans who were being attacked by their UNELECTED leader who was going psychotic, killing anybody who wanted the RIGHT TO VOTE. And it was NATO with its second-largest member country, Turkey with 73 million Muslims, that surgically decimated Gaddafi's military resources, that weren't his anyway. Libya's future is bright, much brighter than when Gaddafi violently took power for himself. Egypt freed itself. Not sure why you're mentioning it regarding to thd so-called West. It's time for Muslims everywhere to take a stand against the violent extremists and chauvinism in their midst. The silence is deafening.

      Fred - 2012-02-29 23:18

      About me "teaching everyone" and this being "so American", Alexander grow up and drop that OCD chip on your shoulder and all around you, in fact. Your anti-Americanism is the thing that's uneducated (and boring), not the Syrian people who are human beings fully capable of deciding who their leaders should be.

      Alexander - 2012-03-01 07:17

      Fred. You are contradicting with youself. I can agree only with your last point- only Syrians should solve their problem. About 134 countries- it is simply silly. You know that just a few countries in the world are really independent. League of Arab countries is a big fake. What about hundred thousand killed by NATO in Irag and Lybia- Do you really think that Caddafi and Saddam were so bad that it is justified?? Do you really think it was not possible to eliminate only these two dictators without starting civil wars in these countries. Sure it was possible, especially with the modern level of technology and weaponory. But it was not the aim of US and NATo. You will see that after lybia, iran, other middle east countries will be getting down. egypt is becoming fundamental muslim country- which means no future and no development. Read this man , "Grand chess Board" in order to understand bigger picture and what is really going on in Middle East. He is a very well known american politician. I think it is you who has chip. Please read other independent sources of info

      Fred - 2012-03-01 07:59

      I appreciate writing to you Alexander, but your beliefs are mostly flat-out wrong. Only a few countries in the world are independent? There are 151 member countries of the UN. I'm sure those that you think are not independent would strongly disagree with you. I do. Other than the few which are despotic, the rest are sovereign countries with rich histories and independence struggles. The Arab League is a big fake? That's a lie the UNELECTED oppressive regimes are selling you, and unfortunately you've bought this, hook line and sinker. In fact, it is the oppressive regimes that are big fakes. They know it and try to cover it up by calling others fake. Unfortunately you've bought their lie. Any deaths are sad to me. It is however important to differentiate and discern, to get a truer understanding of what has happened in Iraq and Libya. I need you to clarify how you get to that number of 100,000. I'll respond further. Nato did not start a civil war in Libya. You can't be serious about this. Are you? You know that after Tunisians and Egyptians freed themselves from decades of oppressive rule, Libyans took to the streets. The rest is history, as written above. I didn't and don't agree with the invasion of Iraq. But to hold Nato responsible for the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilian deaths intentionally caused by Al-Quaida and the Taliban in their attempts to terrorize Iraqi's into doing what they want them to do is unfair, delusional and flat-out wrong, in a big way.

      Alexander - 2012-03-01 08:29

      Fred In a some way I envy you as you have so positive picture and beleives about the world especially about UN nations and their independence.It is difficult to argue with a religios man. Of course I do not have juridicial proofs for 100000 killed in Lybia and Irag as well as you do not have such proofs of crime that Caddafi and saddam killed millions. Though their regimes probably killed a lot as well as British empire, the US and other empires. But influence of the West made the problems for these countries even worse. Now Irag and Lybia are not countries anymore- they are just territories. And I think you know that level of life in these countries was much higher before wars. People were becoming richer, means more educated and finally they would resolve their problens without external influence. Now people in these countries are poor and thus easily manipulated. This is a big step back. As I told Egypt is becoming a very fundumental and muslim, which means end of development of the largest arabic country.

      Jaba - 2012-03-01 09:14

      1) You can hate the US as much as you want. Truth is South Africa is a free democratic nation because the US fought for democracy here. the whole world was up in arms about apartheid - but it was only when the Americans said no to Apartheid in the late 80's that Apartheid started to die. 2) If it was not for the US I (as a South African) would not be able to write on News24 expressing my beliefs & thoughts (Like those who don’t appreciate this freedom for example Derek, Jameel & Shawn Larsen. ) Lastly, If it was not for the US going to wars in order to protect and secure the freedom of the west I (as a South African) would be probably speaking some communist language or being forced to give up my religion in the name of Islam. To conclude, Thank you USA for my freedoms here in Africa - I understand that your job being the world’s police-man is not easy. So thanks and God bless.

      Alexander - 2012-03-01 16:24

      Jaba- good joke!

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