With President Obama’s announcement that the United States will begin arming the Syrian rebels, many might think that the bloody civil war might soon come to an end.
But Glenn Beck argued on his television show Tuesday that the suffering is far from over, and that both Europe and the United States may face dire implications.
Beck began by showing current photos from the Middle East, saying progressives on both sides of the aisle who supported the “Arab Spring” are responsible.
“Who killed 98,000 people in [Syria] since the Arab Spring?” he demanded. “Who’s responsible? The president of the United States, the Center for American Progress, Samantha Power, Bill Kristol, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, all of the progressives that said let’s open up this Jeffersonian can of worms.”
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Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy to Syria, has warned that as many as 100,000 could die in the next year if a way cannot be found quickly to end the civil war.
Mr Brahimi, the UN-Arab League envoy for the Syrian crisis, told reporters in Cairo that if the crisis continues Syria will not be divided into states “like what happened in Yugoslavia” but will face “Somalisation, which means warlords, and the Syrian people will be persecuted by those who control their fate.”
Syrian rebels are fighting a 21-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s regime. Activists say more than 40,000 people have been killed in the crisis, which began with pro-democracy protests but has morphed into a civil war.
Since starting his job in September, Mr Brahimi has sought to advance an international plan, reached in Geneva six months ago, that calls for an open-ended ceasefire between rebels and government troops and the formation of a transitional government to run the country until elections can be held.
Over the past week Brahimi went to Damascus where he met Mr Assad then flew to Moscow, one of Syria’s closest international allies, where he discussed ways of ending the country’s crisis.
“The situation in Syria is bad. Very, very bad,” Mr Brahimi said after meeting Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby. “It is getting worse and therefore if nearly 50,000 were killed in nearly two years if, God forbids, this crisis continues for another year, it will not only kill 25,000. It will kill 100,000. The situation is deteriorating.”
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Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists. The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.
UK DAILY MAIL (h/t Alastair) She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father. Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix said: ‘His only crime was his brother criticised the rebels, accused them of acting like bandits, which is what they are.’
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