As the international community continues observing the ongoing revolution in Syria, it is increasingly clear that the nation’s leader, Bashar al-Assad is not likely to survive the attempt to oust him.
In neighboring Jordan, King Abdullah II told US journalist Charlie Rose that he is increasingly concerned over the stockpile of chemical weapons in Syria, adding the ongoing fighting and lack of a solution may pose a danger to the region.
Abdullah draws an analogy from the late Libyan leader and how Muammar Kaddafi erred by using the air force against his own people. In Syria, the chemical weapons scare everyone, and if they fall into the wrong hands the result could be disastrous. He feels the chemical weapons should be secured by the international community, a most unlikely scenario in light of the fact the UN and major Western powers are taking a ‘sit back and watch’ approach to the fighting.
Back in the United States, Senator Joe Lieberman feels America should begin supporting the rebel forces. He stresses he does not support America troops on the ground in Syria, but feels the revolutionary forces should receive the necessary support working with Arab allies towards ousting Assad.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)