I think it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, in an address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in New York.

The Qatari leader’s call to form a political and military coalition to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is a direct challenge to UN efforts – which have thus far failed – to solve the more than year-long bloodshed through negotiations.

The Washington Post reports that the Emir’s plan received a “cool reception” from the Obama administration:

“We’ve made clear what our view is at the moment on the question of military intervention and no-fly zones,” a senior U.S. official said. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe closed-door diplomacy, said the Qatari proposal may be part of an emerging “Plan B” for international involvement…

Without U.S. support, the Qatari plan stands little chance of being implemented, and it is unlikely that an Arab force could be mustered to go to war with one of the region’s most powerful armies, particularly one with the strong backing of Iran and Russia.

Some 30,000 people have been killed since uprisings against the Syrian government began in March last year. And the violence shows no sign of abating, media reports state.


Credit: Photo courtesy of QNA

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