Syria: The Crisis and Its Implications, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, March 1, 2012 [open pdf - 245KB]
From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "As we all know, Syria sits in the heart of the Middle East, straddling its ethnic and sectarian faultlines, and all of the region's important powers have a direct interest in what happens in Syria, as do nonstate actors like Hezbollah, Hamas, and others. Al-Qaeda, through its affiliate in Iraq, appears to be trying to take advantage of the unrest, chaos, if you want to call it that, which is no surprise. Already as many as 9,000 civilians have died, and many tens of thousands more have been displaced from their homes. In the Syrian City of Homs, there has been indiscriminate shelling for 3 weeks now. Hundreds have died and the city is running critically low on food and medical supplies. Given the indiscriminate killing of its own citizens and given its back of the hand to the global community, as well as to the regional powers that have tried to intervene, it seems clear that the Assad regime is ultimately going to fall. But the longer the end game, the messier the aftermath and obviously the more complicated the in-between. The prospect of a full-fledged sectarian civil war is a stark reminder that a terrible situation could become still much worse with potentially devastating consequences for neighbors, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and adverse implications for the broader Middle East. So the question being asked here in the Congress, as well as elsewhere in America and in the world, is where do we go from here." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Kerry, Jeffrey D. Feltman, Robert Ford, Richard G. Lugar, James E. Risch, Jeanne Shaheen, and Christopher Coons.
S. Hrg. 112-472; Senate Hearing 112-472
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