Skip to comments.NATO chief says 'no intention' to intervene in Syria
Posted on 05/21/2012 10:13:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday voiced concern about violence in Syria, but said the alliance has "no intention" of taking military action against the regime.
"We strongly condemn the behavior of the Syrian security forces and their crackdowns on the Syrian population and we urge the Syrian leadership to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people," he told a news conference during an alliance summit in Chicago.
"But again NATO has no intention to intervene in Syria."
NATO governments have come under criticism for backing an air war in Libya but ruling out military intervention in Syria, where opposition demonstrators and badly outgunned rebels have been hammered by heavily-armed regime forces.
Rasmussen spoke a day after G8 nations said a "political transition" was needed to end the crisis in Syria, where monitors say more than 12,000 people have died in a government crackdown since March 2011.
The NATO secretary-general urged the Syrian regime to comply with a UN ceasefire and peace plan, saying it was "the best platform for finding a solution in Syria."
The United States is supplying communication equipment and night-vision goggles to Syrian rebels, but so far has stopped short of openly arming the rebels.
US media have reported Washington has started to coordinate deliveries of weapons to rebels financed by Gulf states.
In Syria, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded near a team of UN observers in a Damascus suburb Sunday, the military said, as dozens of people were killed in violence while clashes raged between regime troops and armed rebels.
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Well gosh,, isn’t that why NATO was created in the first place? To launch wars on behalf of one set of islamic extremist totalitarians as they try to sieze power from the old dictator? To project power into Africa? And to expand right up to Russia’s border? And to ensure all Russian pipelines are built in a way to ensure the gas buyer (EU) has iron-fisted control over the seller?
NATO is a drifing derelict, and has no reason to exist,,except to give Europe a way to access American military power.
It’s time that NATO pays every dime of costs the USA incurs as a result of this dated “alliance”. Besides, as the EU increasingly works against American economic, military, and financial interests,,,,is going broke,, and is becoming enslaved to socialism and islamicism,,,,
How does NATO serve American interests. NATO was created to be useful to American goals back then. It has flipped and now the tail wags the dog. Time to get out of it.
NATO sez a lot of things.
“Anders Fogh Rasmussen” NATO Chief,,,
American military power, answering to a Danish Politician who never spent time in uniform that i can find.
The fly in the ointment is the recent election in France — the French have been allegedly keeping the alleged peace in the alleged country of Lebanon since the Iranian proxy takeover after the alleged Cedar Revolution. Iran is making war on the Lebanese (again, increasing the amount of war would be more accurate) while the alleged country itself serves as an area in the rear to which Syrians flee and/or seek health care for their unique needs (bullets and whatnot).
What an excellent decision.
A bloodthirsty, corrupt, secular dictatorship is far better than a bloodthirsty, corrupt, Islamic “Republic.”
It would be nice to put a little speed bump in the way of the future Caliphate.
A democracy or republican form of government has never succeeded I’m. Muslim country. The world is better off when they are non-extremist dictatorships or run by the military.
The Assad regime isn’t secular, it’s Alawite, but that comes up a lot around here.
There will be no world caliphate, because there can be only one caliph, and there isn’t even one Muzzie who trusts any other Muzzie. They don’t have democracy, they’ve got oligarchy, and euphemistically speaking, those with more goats have more say.
Meanwhile, the apparent drive toward Muzzie unity is merely a front for the massive internal struggle that goes on now, and has in fact gone on since the Big ol’ Mo kicked off. One of the coherent foreign policies of the US has been to keep those internal divisions active, which probably mitigates against US intervention in Iran and Syria.