February 8th, 2012
05:35 PM ET

U.S.: Humanitarian aid to Syria not likely soon

By Jamie Crawford

As the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues its relentless assault on the city of Homs, the United States says it is still too soon to determine how a humanitarian aid package could be effectively delivered to those who need it.

"We're not prepared to speak about what the delivery options might be," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Wednesday at a daily briefing with reporters. "We have quite a bit of work to do with other governments, so I'm not going to speculate."

After a Russian and Chinese veto of a United Nations resolution aimed at stabilizing the situation in Syria, the United States is working to create a mechanism, possibly outside the U.N. Security Council, that could best serve besieged areas of Syria.

One such option would be a "Friends of Syria" contact group of U.S. allies and partners who support a free and democratic Syria, Nuland said. The group would support the Arab League plan on Syria that served as the basis for the failed U.N. resolution.

A meeting "may be held in the near future," White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a White House briefing on Wednesday. For now, the United States is pursuing a "political solution" while considering humanitarian assistance.

While the United States is not ruling out providing humanitarian aid unilaterally, "we're working with our partners," Carney said.

But before any discussion begins on what kind of aid may be extended, the United States is consulting with individual countries about what such a group could do, who would join, who would be eligible for aid, and even where the group would meet.

"We on the U.S. side have already been looking at what we can do to prepare ourselves on both the financial and legal side(s) so that we're ready to provide humanitarian aid, such as food and medicine," Nuland said. "But we're going to have to work with our international partners, we're going to have to work with neighboring states to identify coordinators on the ground who could assist in receiving this aid and in distributing it."

Sen. John McCain of Arizona said more needs to be considered. McCain has been vocal in calling for the Syrian rebels to be given more arms. In an interview to air Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA," the Republican senator said "peaceful means" have been exhausted, and other options need to be considered.

"We could do things by providing them with intelligence information, with satellite information, with information on the movements of the Syrian armed forces," McCain insisted in the interview, adding that the United States and allies could provide medical help as well as work with Turkey to provide refuge for fleeing Syrians.

Some longtime Syria watchers say that so long as the Assad regime continues its attacks, getting humanitarian aid to those who need it most will be difficult.

Delivering aid is "virtually impossible without the consent of the Syrian government or a formidable armed military from outside coming in to safeguard any convoys of the like," Ted Kattouf, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, told CNN.

Assad is "going to try and do everything in his power to bring the fighting to an end through sheer force, and so, no, I don't see any humanitarian aid getting in at this point," Kattouf said.

And with Syria's more heterogeneous and mixed population centers, establishing a safe haven, like the city of Benghazi during the Libyan uprising, is extremely difficult.

While there have been instances in the past where humanitarian assistance was sent into hostile areas by land, sea or air, nothing appears to be imminent.

"Frankly, we are not at the stage of ventilating options," Nuland said while being careful not to define the mission of any group before its creation.

The group would also look at how its members could tighten sanctions against the Assad regime to their fullest extent, Nuland said.

Turkey, which has been harsh in its criticism of the Assad regime, has offered to host a meeting of a Syrian contact group if it is formed. That is likely to be part of a larger discussion on Syria next week when the Turkish foreign minister meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

soundoff (132 Responses)

    hahaha drama in here.

    February 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  2. Dell Stator

    stamp every item gift of the us people and give it to turkey to stack at the border, actually turkey hosts the opposition groups, so the aid could go back and forth over the border with the opposition members as they come and go.
    again, how stuipid is our gov't?
    I can't be smart, I'm not rich, I'm marginally employed after being fired from a firm I was at for 20 yrs (with others), so they could hire friends, and friends of friends who were out of work. According to the worth system in the US, that if you are smart, you are rich and wil do anything to get ahead, I'm an idiot, yet, I can think of how to get US aid to Syria in a way that will ensure the syrians will know who gave it to them, will make someone who SHOULD be cultivated as an ally look good, etc., etc.. So, does that mean the greedy rich scum who control our country aren't the best of the best, just the most ruthless back stabbing, greedy socio and psyco paths we have? I'm confused!

    February 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  3. JMAC

    So this is how armegedon begins, the writing is on the wall...read it people. Prepare yourself for the rapture.

    February 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  4. michael

    i support humanitarian aid, even though i think this will end up like Libya, screw china and russia all they care about is there business! they are dealing with the devila and it will bite them in the behind soon! we must intervene and bombard assad til he steps down!

    February 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Mitch

      We'll send over our glorious SS snipers.

      February 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  5. OregonTom

    The UN should really be handling this. Oh wait Russia(USSR) and Red China are on the security council, what a joke.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • ColinD

      You're stuck in the cold war era politics. China and Russia are both very civilized nations that have rational reasons for choosing the moves they have chosen. You may say that the only reason they chose to veto security resolutions on the security council is for person reasons, but those are most likely the reason we won't help Arab Spring nations. We only help countries that have direct benefit for us. For example, countries like Libya and Egypt are both countries of very close interest to us. Egypt is essentially the main country for the Muslim Brotherhood, plus Egypt is very oil rich and is a good leverage country for the United States. Libya? Another very strong oil state. There are countries like Bahrain that are receiving zero aid because we don't see a benefit. There are people protesting in front of an embassy in Bahrain and what do we do? Give them doughnuts. It's absurd. Our policy is rooted in the same sort of logic that Russia and China have invested in, but we don't see it that way because we're stuck in a very strong nationalistic mindset that causes us to ignore international rational. Syria is a very complex situation where no solution so far has worked. The UN shouldn't handle this.... the United States needs to lead international aid to the nation so we can cut off all air to the Assad regime.

      February 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
      • Thannak

        It's because of the residual post Cold War era treaties that China and Russia can veto the rest of the world.

        You can make all the French coward jokes you want, but when Germany is willing to say "we'll go to war!" you know shit has already hit the fan.

        February 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Lord Haw Haw

      Almost as big a joke as that most war-loving of nations, Amerika.

      February 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  6. mipolitic

    well i think obama is in fact a humanitarian and when we do send dressings for their wounds , obama should bring them him self. after all we have all the recorded tapes of obama encouraging the syrian people to keep fighting for freedom and democracy because assad would fall. false hopes is obama M O

    February 9, 2012 at 6:10 am | Reply
    • mm

      You're an idiot.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Roy Cohn

        It's lost on him. Trust me.

        February 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  7. Richard

    I wonder who's providing these rebels with arms and military equipment. John Mccain wants to be part of this?, we need to start using critical thinking regarding all this international issues. USA has a lot to do with all this, like someone wrote here, we need to learn from the past and don't be fooled by our own government. Stop the war, stop invading foreign countries, let them deal with their issues by their own. Isn't USA looking for natural resources as they did with war on terrorism on IRAK?.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  8. winstonpolicy

    We never seem to learn from history or from our own mistakes. Do you really think the Assad regime is the sole culprit in this unfolding tragedy? Death squads are all over the place in Syria. People, try and be critical for once. Do not take western media reports as universally acknowledged truths.
    Does anyone here, in their right minds, think that those lone snipers, aiming from buildings and shooting civilians indiscriminately, are part of the Assad/loyalist army? Wake up people! There's a bigger picture here, this country was and is being destabilized for a reason. Look at a geographical map of the middle-east and I assure you the picture gets clearer.
    TL;DR: Wake up, and please keep an open and critical mind when reading through news reports.

    February 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  9. toadears

    The Arab nations sit back as watch as Russia, China, and America vie for position in this war torn country. Although Syria's record n human rights and women's rights is abysmal and their stance on Israel abhorrent, it is not the children's fault. Why don't the Arab nations send in humanitarian aid? Aren't they humans?

    February 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  10. Mark

    Maybe none of NATO died during the invasion. But a shit ton of Libyans did. Welcome to Nazi, USA. Bring bombs and Democracy to a Country near you.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  11. James

    Please where are the Arab nations. Paklistan and the rest. They usually are so vocal and marching in the streets. Where are those guys now when fellow arabs are being killed. Such hypocrites.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • toadears

      My point exactly. Are we to believe they have no health care workers or Islamic red crescent workers they can send in?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
      • Patroit

        they have no b#lls and they have enough problems in their own countries. The whole middle east need to come out of the stone ages. Its unreal that these governments can do this to their own people. What type of education are these countries teaching

        February 9, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  12. Mike

    Freedom is Not Free. The American Civil War cost 600,000 Killed. The Russian and Chinese Communist Revolutions ??? I believe in The Arab Spring and my heart goes out to them. And I am sure the Pentagon is doing more than we all know to help these people win their Freedom from Tyranny. Personally I want to see them win and the tyrants go down in flames.. God's Speed

    February 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Reply
    • Mr. N

      This "freedom" movement as you put it is a back room construct and nobody's buying it.

      What about the millions of Syrians that PEACEFULLY support Assad? Just because they don't riot and don't use guns means they are not meant to be heard? People that protest by shooting are called terrorists. And only because the media doesn't want u to see the support Assad-rallies doesn't mean there are none.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
      • Patroit

        I seen their support rallies but only around outside forieners like the Russian Minister not throughout the country

        February 9, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • toadears

      In these countries, and especially with our jaded news services, it is hard to tell who the tyrants are. However, I believe the Arab nations should help out the battered people. After all, it's their neighbors. And before you go slamming Americans remember that Russia and China are also there if you believe they are there for humanitarian purposes, you have not being paying attention to history and I've got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Where are the relief workers and health care workers from the surrounding Arab nations?

      February 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
      • Patroit

        Right on

        February 9, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  13. Fredflintstone

    On the road to Islam even the trees die.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  14. dscon

    good no aid!
    when the shtf here i dont want any of her or obies help either.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Fredflintstone


      February 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  15. Martha

    I have more than half of my family in Syria, they live everyday in fear. But America won't let the innocent come, rather they let the Terrorists slip by. In the Syria activist videos, can you not hear the MUSLIMS yell out "allah ooh akbar"? That's what the Q'raan TELLS them and TEACHES them to do when they want to kill people! Please contact me for an interview i can even get my family in Syria to show you the other side of the story.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  16. Mr. N

    "humanitarian aid package" = more weapons for terrorist insurgents

    February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  17. cracker

    Russia and China are just hoping to see the US get drawn in here. It's a cheap , disgusting tactic that's been around for centuries.Direct US intervention is clearly not the right answer, the resentment of it, by all is a no win. The ball is in China and Russia's court, mostly as the Chinese and Russian People begin to ask their leaders "Hey, will you torture , gun down, bomb 7 or 8 thousand of us? women and children? will you bomb us? is that why you stand by Assad? The answer here is the Chinese and Russian people, they must push their gov't to help. or know that they could face the same death at home.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  18. Why me

    Let it all burn to the ground.........FATE SUXX

    February 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • Ashley

      I'm excited to see where you'll fate will lead you for this extremely ignorant comment!

      February 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  19. Face

    Start dropping weapons, ammo, and instructions on their use by the millions......

    February 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Giveuponthem

      Who armed the Americans when we revolted? Let them revolt, typically the majority rules, the armies will turn quickly if they feel the people outnumber them, they will not kill people they believe to be innocent, even under direct order.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        They revolted because H.Clinton Obama encouraged them to on World TV. And he promised to support their wonderful efforts to bring about the Arab Spring.

        Now it's election year – tough on you Syria, your saviour is busy grabbing votes. Oooops- under the bus you go!

        February 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        Seriously guy? Libya was a situation that was voted 'Yes' by the UN. Syria is a situation that was voted 'No' by the UN. There is your difference, get a clue.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
      • toadears

        Will not kill people they believe to be innocent even under a direct order???? Yet another American assuming some sort of Western fair play in the way these people wage war. They bomb little kids with suicide bombers! They will literally, shoot their own families if so ordered, guilty or innocent. The arrogance is in your assumption that operate under Western rules of war.

        February 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  20. Dennis

    We can send a bunker buster down a chimney but food? That's tricky.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • Mike


      February 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  21. forreal89

    Why help a bunch of backward thinking people that will hate us after we help

    February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply

    tumbs up

    February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  23. Giveuponthem

    What self respecting Arab would capitalize American and not Arab? Great name, you wear it like a badge of honor.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  24. edsr of Dallas

    Very sad indeed........but you would expect their government to do something for them since it is not the government causing the strife.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  25. George

    your just totally careless, you don't care about the children getting killed, at least I have a heart.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Mr. N

      "just think of the children" lol, straight out of the war propaganda manual, literately.

      War, Propaganda and the Media
      by Anup Shah This Page Last Updated Thursday, March 31, 2005
      www. globalissues. ORG/article/157/war-propaganda-and-the-media

      February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  26. JoJo

    Something I just don't understand. The Syrian Army is about 400.000 men. When they bomb the cities don't they kill some of their relatives, immediate family members?. When the Egyptian revolution started the Army stayed out of because they said that almost every family in Egypt have someone they know in the military. How about the Syrian Army?. It just doesn't make any sense for me that they will bomb places where some of their relatives lives unless all Army personel move their families in their military barracks. Assad might be a ruthless dictator but that goes to all the military?. Some of them did defect but the bombing and snipers still killing people. I believe there is a trace of Iranians doing the killing because I can't believe the Army is doing all the indiscriminatory killing. Something just don't look right to me, besides all the killing.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Jewels

      I agree with you. Something seems fishy with it all.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • Fizzwiki

      Here is a potential answer to your legitimate query as to why the Syrian army is engaged in seemingly indiscriminate killing, from the Wiki:

      "The majority of the soldiers in the Syrian armed forces are Alawites, like President Bashar al-Assad. Alawites make up 12 percent of the Syrian population but are estimated to make up 70 percent of the career soldiers in the Syrian army.[8][9] Of the 200,000 or so career soldiers in the Syrian army, 140,000 are Alawites"

      So its very possible that they dont have family in the areas being assaulted.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      You need to read up a bit on the demographics of Syria. While it is a majority Sunni country, the government and the military are largely Shia (hence their love of Iran, another Shia state). The current Syrian leadership and the senior military commanders belong to the Alawi and consider themselves Shia, although some Shia and most Sunni don't consider Alawi to even Islamic. While there are Sunni, Shia, and Alawi, as well as members of other religious groups in most larger Syrian cities, they tend to live in their own neighborhoods which tend to be either for or against the current rulers.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  27. [url=http://chantix.com]Chantix Insanity[/url]

    This is getting out of hand, but I can't see Russia letting it go much longer since they are the only ones left to keep Syria from being invaded.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  28. mipolitic

    well perhaps we should send a humanitarian with the aid to assad 's military , because assad's thugs would take them from the people , after all these thugs are taking the lives of children along with men and women so aid supplies would not even be a question . the humanitarian that should bring the aid is obama as he taking a position of talking to these big boy thugs. now if these guys were a few guys in a small pocket a drone would be the answer that obama would use.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  29. Lisa

    My husband was born and Raised in Syria. Been in this country 10 years. I am American, born and raised in Philly. I can tell you, from a man who has family in Latakia, a city on the Meditteranean. It is not just isolated to Homs or Daraa. There are casualties ALL OVER SYRIA. The worst just happens to be in the city of Homs. He gets social media updates everyday. It very well may be our ties to Israel that we take a step back. And we SHOULD NOT go in like we did in Iraq. But for God sakes people, there are innocent people being killed over basic freedoms that we as Americans faught for just a few hundred years ago ourselves. Let's have a bit more compassion for our fellow man. That's all !!

    February 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      Thank you for sharing that, many people around the world are thinking about you right now.
      I'm English and I don't want to be overly political here but Obama took it on himself to encouraged the unarmed, leaderless, untrained people of 10 arab countries to rise up and overthrow their leaders [ who had armies and tanks at their disposal.] and he hailed the arab spring.

      The only country the USA helped was Libya as they have oil.

      Now it's election year Obama has forgotten all the rousing speeches he made. I just don't believe that he would be so callous as to sell Syria down the river for political gain.

      God Bless your people.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • forreal89

      these people are in this country creating terrorism and now asking for our help forget it. THese people hate us. It is people like you trying to be different and marrying these backward people. wow you are so special look at me I am married to a Syrian

      February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Giveuponthem

      Nobody armed the Americans when we revolted against the British. The huge difference was the revolution included a majority of our population. There were very few Americans who were not on the side of America, in this case I fear the majority is the Syrian government and they have every right to keep their nation sovereign should a revolution arise. The British tried to stop our revolution and now we have America, let's let this play out and see what Syria turns into, my guess is it stays Syria but you could be right, the majority may not rule over there.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply
      • YouBetcha

        If you'd stayed British, at least you'd have a decent education system and speak properly!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        Additionally, you might have a point but as it is today, you don't.

        You can try to make this a personal attack now if you are done talking about the facts at hand.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
      • Rigmarole

        Goes to show you how ignorant people are of our own history. The French not only supplied the colonists arms they had troops on the ground supporting the colonists. I guess americans have forgotten who we are and from where we came.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  30. George

    hey Giveuponthem, I don't care about American History, I'm arab.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  31. Rosacea Treatment

    If they go in now, it would make Iran even madder than they are and we'd have a regional war. It's a difficult situation that needs Obama to do one of his covert operations. Hopefully.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Len

      covert operations are underway already courtesy of the cia

      February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
      • Giveuponthem

        Covert CIA operations probably led to this uprising, they have been ongoing for some time now.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • YouBetcha

      Obama nods – the Military plan and the CIA or SEALS act. Just so you know!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  32. Vodka

    Who cares, let the syrians die for their own country. The hair on the arss of one of our soldiers is worth more then that entire country. We already fought for our freedom, we already fought our civil war, just let them do whatever they want. As for all the people bleeping about how we should save them, how about you get of your fat arse, and risk your OWN life saving a people who actually hate us. F you for asking our soldiers to die for another country.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • YouBetcha

      You really are a walking , talking advert for the failed education system of America, aren't you. You foul-mouthed little termite.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  33. Jon Ty

    This is not a popular revolt in Syria, it is only one city with strong European ties, were NATO, Israel and CIA have manipulated a fake revolt to get Assad to react, most residents in Homs are innocent Syrians and caught in the crossfire between a small Western Intelligence supplied group and the Syrian Military. The purpose to to ceate a manufactured human crisis to get NATO to remove Syrian as a ally of Iran and Russia, with world outcry. Americans are being bamboozeld into another war to protect Israel. Israel needs Syria taken out, so their planes can fly unheeded and w/o opposition to Iran. I say enough is enough, if Israel wants to go in let them, let their men and women die by the thousands instead of Americans. Why should we conitnue to spend billions and billions and thousands of lives to create a safe zone for Israel. I know Israel could go at it and win w/o any problems, so let them. Of course Israel doesn't want their sons and daughters dying to protect their country, they want the gentiles of America to die in lnstead, the selfish bastards. Mark my worlds if we go into Syria, we will end up losing a hell of a lot more men,, cause the Russians and iranians will do their best to stop us or slow us down, if we don't find some diplomatic way to calm the Russkies down (personally I think we are trying to go in before Putin takes full power again in March, cause he won't let Syria fall to a small minority of zionist supporters w/o a fight)/

    February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Giveuponthem

      Read this post! Jon apparently goes to more websites than one for his news, some of you should take a lesson in doing research and start researching this before denouncing it.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
      • Pepou

        I read it and I am horrified that excuses are being made to support a regime which is slaughtering its citizens. Shame on you!

        February 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        Not getting involved means you do not support either side. But wash it however you would like...

        February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • YouBetcha

      Now you've had your hissy fit. The Israelis have not only managed to survive daily rocket attacks and a dozen wars with arab states for 60 years without YOU raising an obese finger – but they have kept a lid on the Middle East to enable YOU ungrateful slobs to have unlimited OIL. THAT is the only reason you have helped Israel – giving them protection money for YOUR selfish needs. If you haqdn't had the oil you wouldn't have BEEN a super power. [sadly, no longer]

      You OWE israel big time and don't you forget it! You have what Israel don't have – rubber spines!

      It was your leader who went on world TV and encouraged unarmed, leaderless, small people to rise up and overthrow their leaders [who had army protection and tanks] He helped Libya because they had oil.
      Now it's election year, he's thrown the Syrians under the bus. Same old ....same old. Oil is king.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  34. Giveuponthem

    The USA has tried to help this country, it is time to give up and let the international community be responsible for what happens here. From what I see on the news, it is a small amount of people affected from one city in Syria, honestly if LA started a revolt against the US government I would expect the US military to squash the city. This is likely what is happening here, it's time to stop the intervention and let it play out, we can judge when it's over. The only reason we should trump up charges is if we strategically need the region for a military advantage...otherwise, let them fight it out.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Lisa

      Really?? Since when did L.A become a city living within dictatorial rule for the past 40 years? Do you have a clue? Syria is the North Korea of the Arab world. They've been under the Assad Family rule for years. They have lived in an oppressed society where the Assad family, like Sadam Hussein, and Idi Amin, and Mohammar Khaddafi, Kim Jong Il, etc have taken away their religious and personal freedoms and dignity for years. Grow up and get a life. That was a stupid and ignorant comment from someone who probably goes to Pit bull dog fights and cockfighting for Shi$$^$# and Giggles!!!

      February 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • Pepou

        Thank you !

        February 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        You are hilarious, I was giving a for instance...I shouldn't even reply to your nonsense but that is how regimes work in the middle east. There have been no problems until now, and if you think that there have been then why have they not been front page news until now, the 11th hour of war with Iran. Do you also denounce the way kingdoms were ruled in the past, if you do then you disrespect the process of civilization. How do you expect the third world to evolve into the first world, you can not say that you know the best method of governing the region and if you do then by all means...If all you can do is disagree with people that are different then you are no better than the thing you claim to hate.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • YouBetcha

      It's NOT just in Homs. It's widespread according to witnesses.

      America and allies wanted the Arab Spring. Obama went on world TV and encouraged and praised it. He also promised they would be supported.
      Now it's election time and he's thrown them under the bus. Imagine 6,000 people dead for a few votes. It's sick.
      He was quick enough to arm Libyans – but hey! they've got oil!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Giveuponthem

        Arming the Libyans did nothing, it is common knowledge that air strikes, missile strikes and covert special ops played the majority of the role in the take down in Libya, besides for the few photo ops it garnished to spread throughout the media. In fact the capturing of Gaddafi was due to a covert special forces operation who caught him and gave him to the rebels. Kind of like a purchased hunting experience that if you saw a news story about you would bash...

        February 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  35. atc333

    Find, and track Assad, and his generals. Reach a consensus with most civilized nations and jointly deliver an ultimatum to quit the killing in 24 hrs or else. If the killing does not stop, perhaps it is time to give the stealth drones a real test.and take him, and his top advisers out.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      I could not agree any more.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Giveuponthem

      Do you feel that if Mexican-Americans started a revolt in Arizona and we fought back against them then another country should bomb us for killing them?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Jon Ty

      Why? This is a small rebel group in one city, the crisis is manufactured to get the west to take out Assad.
      Who benefits? Israel, as their will be no opposition to their warplanes flying to Iran, as well as no early warning.
      If Peublo Indians in Phoenix revolted, lets say 10,000-20,000 and began attacking police and U.S. forces. what would happen, our military would go in and bomb and shell the shit out of the areas in Phoenix where the rebels are poistioned, and of course innocents would die in the process. This is exactly what is happening in Syria.
      I should add that Mexico is funding and controlling the indians to create a crisis where the UN would come to their aid.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • tomicT

        It's funny how Israel is responsible for every cat stuck in a tree...Israel sneezes and gets blamed for "stealing your air" LOL

        February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Joe

      Take you stealth drone and shove it. What the syrian government do in its own country is none of your business. Go eat some burgers and make yourself feel better.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  36. Arizona Yankee

    No oil so Obama the inept one doesn't care. Let'em die. Embarrassed to heve Obumbles of President. The guy is totally lost...

    February 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Len

      Al Assad has to be stopped. Lets send in Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his goon squad.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Len

      He wasn't lost when he ordered the strike that killed Osama Bin Laden. Did you miss that insignificant news report?

      February 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Pepou

      No surprise that you are from Arizona, a state which is an embarrassment to the rest of our country.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  37. Gary

    Okay, what is going on over there is bad. BUT, we tried to force our way of life on Iraq and now it has become a cesspool that will likely get worse over time. Are we going to do the same thing for Syria?????? Why is it that we somehow think that freedom or democracy is for everyone???? I'm tired of trying to change the World. It ain't gonna happen now or in the future. Give it up and let it go. let other people do and live like they or their Government wants them to.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • George

      its not their government. A government will not kill its own people.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Gary

        I can tell you're not much of a reader of history.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        I'm sorry George, do you know what the civil war was? That was the US government killing other US citizens because they believed they were 'different', this might be the same exact thing...you might need to do more homework before you start writing policy.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • Len

        and what do you think is happening in N. Korea?

        February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
      • George

        in the US civil war everyone was American and everyone was a citizen of the same country, but in no way did the people in the south have the same government as the people in the north, you go read history.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • Jon Ty

        Hey George, the Governent is killing a small, albiet large rebel group in one city, and a government is suppose to put down an armed rebeliion with force. It is sad that some innocents are dying, but most of those dying are rebels and their families, which is why they are trying to get help, their little manufactured revolt funded by you know who is falling apart fast, hence the quick road to disaster being pushed by the power behind the almost failed fake revolt.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        I can tell you must be from the south, everyone had the same government before the civil war bud, there was a government that formed once cessation was declared, it lasted 4 years, its gone now (sorry to say, the south lost the war). You might want to check your facts...but even during the time when there was a second declared government, it was never legitimate so continue to fly your confederate flag and spout your nonsense but there were never two governments. No foreign entity every recognized the south as a legitimate government, although some recognized it as a belligerent. Time for your homework ...

        You can directly link it to this event, before the event Syria had one government, now, you could say there are two schools of thought...after this is over, Syria will still have one government...People in Homos will probably say there were two at one time though. Laughable, silly southerners.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • George

        hey Jontry, well maybe if Syria wasn't a dictatorship passed from a father to son, and maybe if there wasn't so much corruption and maybe if free speech and free elections were allowed, then perhaps when the people started protesting Assad would not have shot them in the street like cats. and perhaps if that never happened they would have never resorted to Youknowwho to get arms and fight back, just maybe.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        The only thing passed from father to son here is your knowledge of American history.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • George

        hey Giveuponthem, I don't care about American History, I'm arab

        February 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        You claimed to know it, not care about it...you may take a lesson from history, great response by the way, truly defeated.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        What self respecting Arab would capitalize American and not Arab? Great name, you wear it like a badge of honor.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • George

        Freedom for all the children of Syria!

        February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
      • Giveuponthem

        George you have gone from thinking you have a clue of what you are talking about to internet troll. De-evolution is very unbecoming.

        February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Len

      Have you heard of Chosin? S. Korea wouldn't exist had the US not saved them from the Chinese. We saved tens of thousands of S. Korean refugees before they were murdered. Our history has been to save the oppressed from tyranny.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
      • Giveuponthem

        This crisis is manufactured Len.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • AlwaysAmazed

      Read what you just typed. "Give it up and let it go. let other people do and live like they or their Government wants them to.".... Your Government wants to get involved. So you are being hypocritical. This is a no win situation, unfair to their general population as it stands, but unfair to americans in general (due to the economy) if we get involved.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  38. Solcrym

    This isn't our fight. Just let them duke it out until the entire country burns.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • George

      the entire country will not burn alone.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • michaeldw

      All that's going to be left is just the government and it's loyalists. They control the food and water. They control the medicine. They'll eventually win unless aid steps in.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • Giveuponthem

        They will definitely win because the ratio is probably 99:1.

        Grab a map of Syria sometime and check out the size of the one city in question.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • ChicoFree

      Assad may have started it all with his sensless violence, but we are taking full advantage of a humanitarian crisis, as usual. Of course we are supplying the rebels or trying our damn best to do it. Russia is also jockeying for a piece of post-assad Syria.

      February 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Pepou

      Just like during the Holocaust. Let people burn ! Really a wonderful program. ..

      February 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Giveuponthem

        Well, more along the lines of Waco Texas, and yes, let it burn.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  39. rad666

    If there was no internet, no one would care.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • sickning

      cause no one would know without the news on it well i gotta stick up for the innocent ones the ones who dont deserve any of this.... i saw the pictures of the child with his face cut off its horrendous.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • rad666

        Good. Get your passport and go to Syria.

        February 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • michaeldw

      whats dot com?

      February 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • Carmen

        Get them first of all to manage to build proepr stable house on their own individual land, than get them into education, than ones the children are grown up, send them abroad to earn more money, than they can come back home and spend all that money on their parents, and fix up their villages with better planting systems and shops etc,avoid mac donalds and fast food chains in general

        June 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  40. George

    seriously, I'll be willing to volunteer as part of a large group of of international activists, that take aid to Homos.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  41. Jack

    Stop the killing machine. That the kind of help they need. What kind of humanitarian aid you can provide when the army is shooting on ambulances and killing even red cross officials?!

    February 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • sickning

      i gotta agree with you on that jack time to put a stop to it all ...

      February 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • michaeldw

      Agreed. A few US drones painted bright orange flying overhead would maybe keep the government from doing that.

      February 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  42. michaeldw

    International Group required? What is the point of the UN?
    Never mind, they didn't do much in Africa.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  43. sickning

    well just another reason we are gonna be hated its sensless.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Mirian

      first off, where are you going to be in switzerland? seocnd, how much do you plan on spending for travelling? if you already have an idea where you want to go, then go to ryanair.com and buy tix, because their airfare is the cheapest you'll find, and buying asap could seriously cut down on expenses. but otherwise, if you would like to go skydiving, paragliding and all that good stuff, go to interlacken (i think i spelled that right). it's awesome. geneva is also a good place to check out. munich is not that far away and in the heart of bavaria. lots of sights to see there. great food and beer. but those are just off the top of my head right now. vienna is not that far away either, and it's beautiful in every sense of the word anyhoo. send me a word and i have lots more stories about where you can go.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  44. sickning

    and as the world sits on its thumbs... just letting it get worst is all theyre doing ...im appaulled.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Pepou

      I too am appalled. Not Brian in DC who applauds genocide ...

      February 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  45. brian in DC

    Screw'um, why should we give them anything.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  46. Neutral

    US making lot of efforts to arm people in Syria to fight and kill each other and shouting on cnn agaist Syrian administration should indeed take steps to provide Aid to the people and reconcile thier causes of fight not make them fight more and more and when it comes to helping people with Aid........ iU.S.: Humanitarian aid to Syria not likely soon

    shame on US

    February 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  47. George

    Send a Turkish Flotilla.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply

    this is so bad.

    February 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply

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