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The Houla massacre in Syria has drawn international attention and humanitarian groups are now calling for western intervention to end the bloody civil war.However, rebels have strong support from “al-Qaida and radical Islamists ” which presents a clear conflict of interests for the U.S.
Here’s an interview with Florida Congressman Allen West and Newsmax, on America’s role in the Syrian conflict and the global implications of intervention.
‘That’s how they do business, and so if we’re going to go in there, we need to go in with very clear rules of engagement if we’re going to get Bashar al-Assad out of there,’ warned West, who had been posted in several combat zones.
‘But understand, you’ll be starting World War III.’
While diplomatic sanctions do not appear to be effective, there is also not a clear alternative to Assad’s government. The Syrian freedom fighters are widely considered by Middle East experts to be fractured and disorganized.
‘On one side you have the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Russia and also Bashar al-Assad,’ West explained. ‘On the other side, you have freedom fighters. You have al-Qaida and radical Islamists. And also you have the backing of the state of Turkey.’
He pointed to recent experiences with Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood, is now threatening to bring Sharia law to the country, and Libya, which has been plunged into chaos since the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi late last year.
‘If you start to interject yourself in a means other than diplomatic who’s side are you on? We don’t need to put our military in a situation where they’re caught in a cross-fire,’ insisted West.”
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