Time to consider using military force against Syria? France thinks so


French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé has stepped forth with a somewhat bold call for the use of military force against Syria. A BBC video shows the minister saying, “Either the mediation is working or it isn’t. And if it doesn’t work, we can’t continue being defied by the regime in power.”

Syria and leader Bashar al-Assad have nominally accepted a cease fire brokered by the joint UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. But Annan himself has denounced continued violence by state forces against civilians.

Juppé says he has been discussing with peers the use of force under the UN’s Chapter VII, which deals with “Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace and Acts of Agression.”

The minister’s statement came just hours before a massive explosion killed as many as 70 people in the Syrian city of Hama, according to unconfirmed report from activists. State media refers to 16 fatal victims, and has called the house where the explosion took place a bomb factory used by “armed terrorist groups”.

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Time to consider using military force against Syria? France thinks so

  1. Juppe would be history in a few days.His call is a frustrated outcry for Syria not being a cakewalk like Libya.

  2. There would not be a problem but the So called Free Army has no intentions of stopping the War.
    The UN should demand that both sides Stop Fighting.

    Instead the West wants Syria’s Government to stop but not the armed rebals whom the West is financing, and supplying weapons.

    Stop this madness!

    There is no basis for Regime Change

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