A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Syrian
strongman Bashar Assad must go.
Last week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the
collapse of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is "only a
matter of time."
NATO 's top official confirmed reports that NATO had detected
Syrian forces launching short-range missiles at opposition forces
within Syria, saying this illustrated the "utter disregard" for the
lives of the Syrian people.
Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi serves on the Senate
Armed Services committee. He explains why it is so important that
Assad be removed from leadership.
"On balance, Bashar Assad,
the dictator of Syria, must go," he declares. "At this point, it's
sort of like getting rid of Hitler. He's got to go. He's killing
his own people. He's on the verge of really pulling the trigger on
some nasty, nasty stuff."
And Wicker says it would be a clear blow to the Iranian regime
if Assad goes.
"Iran wants Assad there. He's a client of theirs. He's an agent
of theirs," he observes. "He allows all sorts of illegal and
dangerous activities to go on through his country and to be
transported through his country."
Wicker says he understands the concerns of some who believe the
rebels who take over might be tied to al-Qaida or the Muslim
"I think what I'm hearing from the international community is
that we've settled on a rebel group that the civilized world feels
we could work with," he tells OneNewsNow.
The Republican lawmaker says while there is always a danger in
what kind of government might take over, the status quo is no
longer acceptable in Syria.