Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement citing an author writing for The New York Times who has spent time in Syria and opposes a military intervention.
"A recent opinion editorial in The New York Times highlights the dangers of western intervention in Syria, citing strong divisions and extremists among the ranks of disparate rebel forces. The writer spent time in Syria with opposition forces. Despite witnessing horrifying atrocities from both government and opposition forces, he is strongly opposed to military intervention or the imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria. Things are just not that black and white in Syria.
"Arming such opposition groups would be dangerous given that they are often at odds and have significant mistrust of each other. It is also well-documented that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to distinguish between rebels who "are fighting for a noble cause' from "those who seek to take advantage of the chaos.'
"Despite many initial attempts to brand military intervention in Libya a success, events on the ground should give pause to those pushing for military intervention in Syria. The Libyan government continues to have problems controlling armed rebel groups that often act with impunity. A significant amount of arms, brought in during the uprising, continue to pose security problems. With the tragic killing of four U.S. consulate staff, including our ambassador, it is clear that the chaos of the armed revolution created the space for dangerous actors to come in.
"The killing of innocent people in Syria -- or anywhere -- is a tragedy that requires a response. But a military intervention is likely to only cause more casualties and create a power vacuum that allows extremist groups to move in."