Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement on the situation in Syria:
“A Syrian regime assault on the roughly 3 million people of Idlib would dramatically compound the human suffering and humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Syria. Backed by Russia and Iran, Assad is emboldened and shows absolutely no regard for the lives of the people he’s trying to bomb and starve into submission. I appreciate the Administration’s tough statements about the potential use of chemical weapons, but U.S. leadership is needed across all fronts: security, political and humanitarian. The U.S. should lead the international community in holding Assad and his regime accountable if they choose to once again deploy these horrible weapons, in contravention of international commitments.
Last week, Iranian, Russian and Turkish leaders met to chart a course for the future of Syria. This is not the first time these countries have taken advantage of the absence of U.S. leadership to push their own agenda in Syria. As I have said before, there is no purely military solution to this crisis. Instability and violence in Syria allow Russian and Iranian forces, including proxies like Hezbollah, to operate with impunity, threatening the security of our allies, like Israel, and U.S. national security interests, as well.”