McCain sternly warns Putin that he will share Gaddafi’s
23 Octombrie 2011 Lasă un comentariu
US Republican senator, a former rival of Barack Obama in the fight for American presidency, John McCain, said in an interview to the BBC News that after the victory of the Libyan opposition and the elimination of Col. Muammar Gaddafi “dictators all over the world” should “feel nervous”.
John McCain made this statement in the program Newsnight devoted to the history of Col. Gaddafi’s rule in Libya, as well as a discussion of the future of this country and the impact of events in recent months on the region, reports the BBC.
“I think dictators all over the world, including Bashar al-Assad, maybe even Mr. Putin, maybe some Chinese, maybe all of them, may be a little bit more nervous, because clearly the people in Libya rose up.
We assisted them, and if there hadn’t been for the British, French and NATO air power they probably wouldn’t have succeeded, but I think they have to be nervous. It is the Spring, not just the Arab Spring”, the senator said.
The moderator interrupted him and asked, “Is it a spring time in Russia?”.
McCain replied: “I think it’s very possible that you will see people protesting a government that is clearly one that is not democratic in a fashion that I think the Russian people had the hopes and aspirations for once the Soviet Union collapsed. I cannot predict an armed uprising, but we will certainly see significant protests in a lot of countries”.
This is not the first statement by John McCainon Putin’s Russia, reminds the BBC. Late September, McCain said in Tripoli, as the head of the first official delegation of the US Congress since the fall of Gaddaf, that the actions of the Libyan opposition were an example for Russia.
“We strongly believe that the Libyan people today are inspiring the people in Tehran, Damascus, and even in Beijing and Moscow”, said then Senator, adding that “the Libyans […] continue to inspire the world and demonstrate that dictators can be overthrown replacing them with the freedom and democracy”.
The news on the “capture” of Col. Muammar Gaddafi were received on Thursday, when the formal Kremlin’s leader Medvedev met the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. It was not known at that time that Col. Gaddafi had been murdered in cold blood.
Commenting on the news of the “capture”, Medvedev called it “excellent”.
“We hope that there will be peace in Libya and that all those who are governing the state at present – different representatives of Libyan tribes – will be able to reach a final agreement on the configuration of power and Libya will become a modern and democratic state. […] Otherwise, all the efforts made recently will have been in vain”, said the Kremlin’s dwarf.
Meanwhile, the Russian KGB “parliament” refused on Friday to discuss a proposed resolution on the murder of Col. Gaddafi, which contained condolences and a condemnation of the NATO.
The proposed resolution was suggested by the deputies from 3 Russian parties: the Communists, the Fair Russia and the Liberal Democrats.
It is to be recalled that after the Russian invasion of Chechnya in 1994, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, a Moscow ally and best friend, called on request of the then Russian president Boris Yeltsin, the then Chechen president Dzhokhar Dudayev and suggested him to lay down the arms and go in exile to any Arab country. Col. Gaddafi promised President Dzhokhar Dudaev security and comfortable life.
The Chechen president refused in harsh words and warned Col. Gaddafi that his friendship with Russia was vain, because sooner or later the Russians would betray him. 17 years later, the Russians finally betrayed Col. Gaddafi.
U.S. Senator McCain: After Libya, strike on Syria may now be considered
U.S. Senator John McCain said Sunday that military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered now that NATO’s air campaign in Libya is ending.
However, President Barack Obama’s administration has made clear it has no appetite for military intervention in Syria, a close ally of Iran that sits on Israel’s border.
“Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria,” McCain said at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.
“The Assad regime should not consider that it can get away with mass murder. Gadhafi made that mistake and it cost him everything,” he added, referring to ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi who was captured and killed last week by fighters loyal to the new government. Iran’s rulers would be wise to heed similar counsel,” McCain said.
It was not clear whether the Republican senator from Arizona was referring to American or NATO military action against the Syrian regime, which has waged a 7-month crackdown on opposition protesters and killed about 3,000 people, according to the UN.
However, international intervention, such as the NATO action in Libya that helped topple Gadhafi, is all but out of the question in Syria. Washington and its allies have shown little inclination for getting involved militarily in another Arab nation in turmoil. There also is real concern that Assad’s ouster would spread chaos around the region.
Syria is a geographical and political keystone in the heart of the Middle East, bordering five countries with which it shares religious and ethnic minorities and, in Israel’s case, a fragile truce. Its web of alliances extends to Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement and Iran’s Shiite theocracy. There are worries that a destabilized Syria could send unsettling ripples through the region.
McCain also warned Iran after it was accused in the United States of backing a plot never carried out to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
“Their plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington has only reminded Americans of the threat posed by this regime, how it is killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting violent groups across the region, destabilizing Arab countries, propping up the Assad regime, seeking nuclear weapons, trampling on the dignity of Iran’s people.”
Iran has maintained its backing for Assad’s regime, but has increasingly urged him to halt attacks on protesters and open dialogue seeking to end the unrest. Tehran has dismissed the U.S. allegations of the plot as “baseless” and has said it was willing to examine hard evidence that the U.S. claims links Tehran and the foiled assassination conspiracy.
Iranian officials have rejected tough talk from Washington as “rhetoric,” saying the U.S. is not in a position to attack the Islamic Republic. The country regularly holds war games to showcase its capabilities in defending its nuclear facilities from possible attack.
The elite Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most powerful military force, has warned there would be a strong Iranian response should the U.S. take military action against the country. Iran repeatedly has threatened to target Israel should the U.S. or Israel take military action against it.
McCain also accused Iran of trying to “hijack” the Arab Spring. “No issue unifies the American people more than the need to protect our friends, our allies, our interests from the comprehensive threat posed by the Iranian regime. No one should test our resolve in this matter,” McCain said.
“Not to say that American leadership is neither welcomed nor wanted in the Middle East today. To the contrary, as I travel across this region, I have met with heads of state, young democratic activists, business leaders and nearly every single one wants more American leadership and not less.”