U.S. considering charging Assad with war crimes

Captain Kirk~POTL 2011/06/18 16:02:09

U.S. considering charging Assad with war crimes
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Taiwan Sun
Saturday 18th June, 2011


• U.S. ponders whether Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal
• Also considering sanctions on Syrian oil and gas
• Clinton lobbying for Russian support for UN resolution

The United States says is it considering if war crimes charges can be brought against Syria's president as part of a larger diplomatic effort to get his government to end its crackdown on dissent.

In a telephone conference with reporters Friday, two senior White House officials said the U.S. is also considering economic sanctions against Syria's oil and gas sectors.

The officials said the U.S. is stepping up efforts with its allies as well as regional opposition figures to put pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Also Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with her Russian counterpart trying to get Russia on board with a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the violence against protesters. Russia and China have so far opposed efforts to draft a resolution.

The diplomatic wrangling comes as Syrian security forces Friday shot and killed at least 18 more anti-government protesters. Activists and witnesses say security forces used live ammunition against protesters who poured into the streets with renewed calls for President Assad's resignation.

Western news reports say at least two of the deaths occurred in the flashpoint city of Homs and two in the eastern town of Deir el-Zour. At least one teenager is among those killed.

Anti-government rallies were also underway in other cities, including Daraa, Latakia and near the capital, Damascus.

The unrest spilled over into neighboring Lebanon on Friday, where two people were killed following a protest against Mr. Assad's regime. Residents from a Sunni Muslim neighborhood in the city of Tripoli clashed with those from a neighborhood inhabited by members of the Shi'ite Alawite sect. Mr. Assad's family is part of the sect.

Earlier Friday, security forces mounted new assaults in the country's restive northwest, sending tanks and troops into two more cities.

Rights activists and witnesses say the military sent large numbers of soldiers into Maaret al-Numaan, a city that is on the highway linking the capital and the large city of Aleppo. In addition, the security forces moved into the town of Khan Sheikhun.

Meanwhile, Turkish officials say the number of Syrians who have crossed the border to flee from the unrest is nearing 10,000.

The al-Jazeera television network said Friday that some Syrians who have gathered near the Turkish border also demonstrated against President Assad.

In a separate development, U.S. actress and U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie has arrived in Turkey where she will visit refugees at the border.

World powers are increasingly condemning the crackdown. On Friday, French officials voiced support for additional European Union sanctions on President Assad's regime.

On Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Syrian president to “stop killing people” and negotiate with the protesters “before it's too late.”

Rights activists and witnesses say more than 1,300 civilians and 340 government troops have been killed since mid-March.
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  • CHUCK 2011/06/19 00:08:06

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  • wolfshadow 2011/06/18 21:09:40
    I guess were getting tired of screwing around with Americans lives at home we have to stir up more crap in the world. Will there ever be a time we can work on fixing our own backyard first?
  • Captain... wolfshadow 2011/06/18 21:11:39
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    Not with this administration at least!!
  • Bob 2011/06/18 20:07:11
    U.S. might want to start by CHARGING Obama with war crimes equal too Assad's for entering into a war which is a civil action within a sovereign nation, first. Obama has no right in using U.S. Assets either unilaterally or bilaterally, without the consent of the U.S. Congress. Those are Taxpayer assets, not his to do with as he chooses.
  • Captain... Bob 2011/06/18 20:59:54
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    100% correct!!
  • AnnS (Anti-RP2012] 2011/06/18 18:05:55 (edited)
    AnnS (Anti-RP2012]
    Next; obama's Kenyan buddy, Odinga. (yeah right).

    Oh, I forgot. Odinga just killed Christians; no problem there for obama.
  • ed 2011/06/18 18:05:35
  • AnnS (A... ed 2011/06/18 18:07:38
    AnnS (Anti-RP2012]
    Just feel sorry for the sharks.
  • ed AnnS (A... 2011/06/18 18:12:00
    maybe this will help them some stomach relief
  • AnnS (A... ed 2011/06/18 18:18:03
    AnnS (Anti-RP2012]
    Reminds me of Code Pink. Good idea; we could just send Ayers, Adam Kokesh, and bombers Bill and Bernadine there with their hippie peace and coexist signs. That'll work.
  • AnnS (A... ed 2011/06/18 18:19:51
    AnnS (Anti-RP2012]
    Just ask where that shark comes from, if it's on the seafood menu.
  • Kane Fernau 2011/06/18 17:22:38
    Kane Fernau
    Assad has been a friend to liberals for years. Democrats long to be dictators.
  • Captain... Kane Fe... 2011/06/18 17:35:17
  • AnnS (A... Kane Fe... 2011/06/18 18:08:40
    AnnS (Anti-RP2012]
    Didn't Hillary say he was "a reformer"
  • Kane Fe... AnnS (A... 2011/06/18 19:11:50
  • JCD aka "biz" 2011/06/18 17:15:45
    JCD aka "biz"
    Obama is right, Assad is a criminal.
    BTW, why do so many Right-Wingers support cruel dictators?
  • Captain... JCD aka... 2011/06/18 17:36:06
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    NO right-wingers support obie,the would be dictator!!
  • Hobbitt / Oldsquid 2011/06/18 16:53:13
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    Leave it alone...let them kill each other...and their Allah can sort it out.
  • Captain... Hobbitt... 2011/06/18 16:55:55
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    As long as they do it all in the Middle East not here!!
  • Hobbitt... Captain... 2011/06/18 17:00:46
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    I agree
  • wolfshadow Hobbitt... 2011/06/18 21:11:10
  • Captain... wolfshadow 2011/06/18 21:12:06
    Captain Kirk~POTL
  • Hobbitt... wolfshadow 2011/06/18 21:13:21
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    A colorful reiteration...
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2011/06/18 16:31:49
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    In that case, since Obama authorized the killing of Libyans without Congressional approval, shouldn't he also be investigated for war crimes?
  • Captain... Allbiz ... 2011/06/18 16:40:11
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    That makes great sense to me!!
  • D.C.Willis Allbiz ... 2011/06/18 20:58:42
    Wouldn't do any good. They get away with it.

    But Amnesty International insisted that “Anywhere in the world that he travels, President Bush could face investigation and potential prosecution for his responsibility for torture and other crimes in international law, particularly in any of the 147 countries that are party to the U.N. convention against torture."


    Former US Attorney General's office may face war crime charges in Spain
    LONDON — A Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations that six former high-level Bush administration officials violated international law by providing the legal framework to justify the torture of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.

  • Striker 2011/06/18 16:26:39
    Guess that our "justice" department needs to do SOMETHING, LOL. It would be a shame to see that bunch of hoodlums on unemployment.
  • Captain... Striker 2011/06/18 16:40:39
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    Good luck with that idea!!
  • ken 2011/06/18 16:20:02
    All this from an administration that has started an illegal war and targeted a foreign leader for assassination. The hypocrisy of the Obama Administration knows no bounds. How's that hopey, changy thing working out? Not too well in my opinion.
  • Captain... ken 2011/06/18 16:40:56
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    You got that right!!
  • NPC 2011/06/18 16:02:59
    Hang this basterd dictator !
  • Captain... NPC 2011/06/18 16:41:07
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    I`m all for it!!

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