US Senator: Assad has ‘lost his legitimacy’

Influential US Senator John McCain declared Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has “lost his legitimacy” and called for UN sanctions to force him to halt attacks on his people.

But McCain told AFP he could not see any opening for US military action to topple the Syrian regime, and regretted that Assad was not yet facing an armed revolt like the one fighting to oust Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi.

“I obviously think he has lost his legitimacy. He has ordered his army to fire on his own people, and yes I think he should leave,” McCain said in an interview at the US embassy in Paris.

A Syrian protester beats a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a shoe, as he attends protest against the on going violence in Syria, in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 26, 2011
“I don’t see how militarily we can have an effect there,” he said, calling instead for “UN sanctions, individual sanctions, all of the non-military actions that we can take, which would then put enormous pressure on him.

“In Libya, even if it was a rag-tag group, at least we had a military force that was fighting against Kadhafi. We don’t have that in Syria,” he said.

“We don’t have a group, even an embryonic one, that we could assist through air power or ground power. And I regret saying that, in a way, because the Syrian people are being subjected to terrible brutalities.”

ca.news

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    Syrian army killing people in Talkalah, between Homs and Banyias..video on youtube…

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    21:57 Helicopters are hovering above the city of Talkah, which is in the Homs district, as gunfire continues. There are reports that at least one person was killed by security forces. (S.N.N)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6bFNBTAhZw

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  • This means it’s time for you to get organized.I want to see a free Syria too.

  • This means it’s time for you to get organized.I want to see a free Syria too.

  • This means it’s time for you to get organized.I want to see a free Syria too.Most definably.

  • Amine123

    So Mr McCain what you are going to do about it?

  • Anonymous

    So Mr McCain what you are going to do about it?

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    BASHAR ASSAD, YOU WILL HANG IN DAMASCUS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THESE PEOPLE YOU MOTHER FUCKER

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    BASHAR ASSAD, YOU WILL HANG IN DAMASCUS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THESE PEOPLE YOU MOTHER FUCKER

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    BASHAR ASSAD, YOU WILL HANG IN DAMASCUS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THESE PEOPLE YOU MOTHER FUCKER