October 24, 2011
DEAD SEA, Jordan — US Senator John McCain raised the prospect Sunday of possible armed intervention to protect civilians in Syria where a crackdown on pro-democracy protests has killed more than 3,000 people.
“Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria,” McCain told a World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan.
McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “regime should not consider that it can get away with mass murder.
Libya’s ousted leader Moamer Kadhafi, who was captured and killed on Thursday, “made that mistake and it cost him everything,” he said.