Syria: "Hit These People & Hit Them Very Hard"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a burning portrait of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. (Getty)

Amid growing evidence, a western response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons is now imminent.

And while the U.S., Britain and France have called for the use of force in Syria, United Nations inspectors remain on the ground there.

On Wednesday, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jaafari, reported evidence of three previously undocumented instances of chemical weapon use on August 22, 24 and 25, again in the suburbs of Damascus.

Some critics view the timing of the revelations as a stalling exercise and believe the United Nations Security Council must take long overdue measures toward humanitarian intervention.

“We believe that it's time the United Nations Security Council shouldered its responsibilities on Syria, which for the last two and a half years it has failed to do," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a news conference on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Russia has continued to block efforts towards any military response against Assad’s government, testing whether the U.S. will consider the use of force without a U.N. mandate.

Ambassador Christopher Hill is dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and a former U.S. special envoy to negotiations over Kosovo and North Korea.

Hill says that in Syria "it behooves us to hit these people & hit them very hard," adding that the U.S. cannot allow Assad to go unpunished. 


Ambassador Christopher Hill

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Carol Hubbard from Washington DC Metro area

As a summa cum laude MA graduate of the Josef Korbel School, I'm appalled that Dean Christopher Hill would make such a statement. If I understand him correctly, no international coalition will be needed, huh? Interesting. That would make the U.S., not international law, the sole arbiter of when it can attack another country -- even one far removed from its shores. It reminds me of another republic, long ago, that "evolved" to the point where its de facto motto was "might makes right" -- the Roman Empire.

Aug. 29 2013 03:23 PM

'House Speaker Presses Obama For Answers On Syria'

This is 

another Boehner rope-a-dope tactic. Here is the answer that Boehner already knows: The reason President is considering attacking Syria is because of the goading from Republicans such as John (war) McCain and Lindsey Graham want the attack on Syria to take place. In fact John McCain has wanted to attack Syria long before use of gas was used against the Syrian people. The teenage goading by McCain & Graham and company is just that. Bombing Syria without a regime change is an adolescence solution to Mideast self made problems. The Arab League must take the lead (they have American weapons to do so) to solve Mideast Islamic, sectarian, man made dictator problems of the Mideast. Entering Mideast Islamic politics is suicide. One would think that John Boehner in Company should know better by now, in essence, Mr. Boehner's letter should be addressed to John (war) McCain and Lindsay Graham not to the President. Entering Mideast Islamic politics is suicide for America and Europe.

Aug. 29 2013 12:46 PM

Was there a time when they were they effective????

Aug. 29 2013 09:24 AM

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