If a U.S. senator can unwittingly pose for pictures with terrorists in Syria, how can we guarantee that the arms McCain supports sending there won't also end up in the same place McCain did -- with terrorists?
The recent wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq have proven to be ideal breeding grounds for potential terrorism candidates and ideal recruiting grounds for the Islamists. Therefore there are good reasons to believe the trend will continue with Syria.
After more than a decade of elective wars and nation-building projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's supposed imperial necessities in Syria must be suppressed, and an intervention avoided, at all costs.
Arab esteem and gratitude toward the United States would decisively shift for the better if it helps to save the people of Syria. Here is a case where American interests and values are in lock step with the Arab world's most urgent aspirations.
Absent constructive engagement by the U.S., I am very concerned that the killing in Syria will continue and extremists will play an increasingly influential role in determining that country's future, resulting in very negative implications for the region.
There have been numerous reports about the use of chemical/biological materials by the Assad regime, but if only two cases can be substantiated, it indicates that the regime has not yet resorted to a wholesale use of this weapon.