March 5, 2012
Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is calling fort airstrikes on Syria. McCain said the strikes would “protect” civilians from alleged violence perpetrated by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Similar bombing raids under identical pretense in Libya killed thousands of civilians, according to human rights groups. NATO claims the targets it hit during the so-called civil war were legitimate military targets. NATO warplanes flew 18,000 sorties during the 7-month campaign, which ended in October.
“Civilian targets, for NATO, are legitimate, and these have included one or more hospitals, a clinic, factories, warehouses, agricultural sites, schools, a university, one or more mosques, non-military related infrastructure, a food storage facility, a water-purifying plant and others,” writes Rahnuma Ahmed.
“The ultimate goal of air strikes should be to establish and defend safe havens in Syria, especially in the north, in which opposition forces can organize and plan their political and military activities against Assad,” McCain told his Senate colleagues.