Law­mak­ers’ res­o­lu­tion con­demns Syr­ian regime

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

A half-dozen sen­a­tors are push­ing a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the Syr­ian regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad for mass atroc­i­ties and hu­man rights abuses against the na­tion’s peo­ple.

In in­tro­duc­ing the mea­sure, the Re­pub­li­can sen­a­tors and Con­necti­cut in­de­pen­dent Joe Lieber­man crit­i­cized Pres­i­dent Obama for what they called a fail­ure of lead­er­ship. The United Na­tions es­ti­mates that more than 9,000 Syr­i­ans have died in the on­go­ing vi­o­lence.

Sen. John Mccain, Mr. Obama’s 2008 pres­i­den­tial ri­val, asked how many more have to die be­fore the United States takes a lead­er­ship role to end the slaugh­ter.

The non­bind­ing res­o­lu­tion urges the pres­i­dent to work with Arab coun­tries to pro­vide Syr­ian rebels with the means to de­fend them­selves, in­clud­ing weapons. It stops short of call­ing for airstrikes against Syria, as Mr. Mccain has urged.

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