US concerns over Syria intervention

2012-05-31 19:58

Copenhagen - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday laid out the clearest case yet for why the Obama administration is reluctant to intervene militarily in Syria - especially without Russia agreeing to be part of a united Western front - even as it expresses revulsion over last week's massacre of more than 100 people in the town of Houla.

In Denmark on the first stop of a European tour, Clinton said Russia and China would have to agree before the US and other nations engage in what could become a protracted conflict in support of a disorganised rebel force. And she cited a host of other hurdles to successful military action.

"We're nowhere near putting together any type of coalition other than to alleviate the suffering," Clinton told reporters after meeting with top officials in Denmark, a key contributor to last year's Nato-led mission against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

"We are working very hard to focus the efforts of those, like Denmark and the United States, who are appalled by what is going on, to win over those who still support the regime, both inside and outside of Syria."

In remarks to Danish students, Clinton said every day of slaughter in Syria was strengthening the case for tougher international action.

But she stressed that such action, including military action, would require support from Syria's ally, Russia, and the rest of the world community.

Russia and China have twice vetoed UN Security Council sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Annan peace plan

Russia's continued support for Assad "is going to help contribute to a civil war", Clinton warned.

Clinton threw her support once again behind the UN mediation efforts, despite acknowledging that "thus far Assad has not implemented any of the six points that are part of Kofi Annan's plan".

She stressed that UN observers have nonetheless performed two important functions.

"In many of the areas where they are present, violence has gone down," Clinton said.

"And they serve as independent observers, the eyes of the world if you will, in reporting back when terrible events like the recent massacre occur.

They've tried to cut through the clutter and disinformation coming from the Syrian government."

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-05-31 21:11

    The USA is already up to the eyeballs in Muslim radicals, its not worth pouring more money into the sand of the Middle East. Rather sanction Russia & China until they do something about this. Seems to me these commie dickwads are always sitting back and doing nothing to stop evil, maybe because they are evil themselves.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 04:05

      At least there's one thoughtful African on the continent :)

      Fidel - 2012-06-01 07:08

      One so rarely sees so stupid and ignorant a claim set out in such plain language. The US has no power over both Russia and China. The most evil piece of real estate the world has ever known is the Pentagon. America, in cold blood.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 07:36

      If Fidel says so, you can be sure it's the other way around, which it is.

      Fidel - 2012-06-01 08:15

      The US has dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries (mostly poor third world citizens), an unparalleled destruction of people's lives and their lively hood. I think Russia and China have a bit of catching up to do.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-01 08:34

      Two autocratic heavy weights protecting a lightweight autocracy . Russian under Stalin 20 million murdered China under Mao 50 Million killed .....

      Fidel - 2012-06-01 09:21

      The difference is that the US thinks the entire world is its playground. It exports its worst excesses abroad. A non-expansionist tyranny may be easier to get on with than a "democracy" obsessed with military Imperialism.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 15:51

      More lies from you Fidel. Truly you're pathological.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-01 01:34

    The US is relying on Russia for a supply corridor to Afghanistan. It's not willing to jeopardize this corridor because Pakistan is an unreliable ally. This is not good enough. The US should be willing to fly supplies in if Putin closes the corridor.

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