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By Patrick Martin

4 November 2012

In an important speech delivered this month바카라사이트, the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez called for the United States and its allies to intensify efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group and urged countries to support the opposition.

„If the Syrian regime is unable to turn Assad’s chemical weapons into a weapon of political opposition,“ he said, „it would be difficult to justify any military strike that fails to eliminate Bashar Assad.“

While calling for a political settlement of Syria’s war, the senator argued that „military intervention in Syria, by its nature, is only part of the battle, including an expanded role for the United Nations force in Syria, in addition to any other military options.“

According to the New York Times, which broke the story, one of the main US officials advising against more intervention had been the top US diplomat in Qatar during the last days of the Obama administration, Victoria Nuland, who was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, in 2010.

In his speech, Menendez did not specifically criticize Obama or other US officials for calling for military force in Syria, but his remarks pointed to the failure of „an incremental move to degrade the Syrian regime and, in a more profound way, bring about a negotiated political settlement to the Syrian conflict.“

„I believe that if our commitment and effort, both to the political and to the military option, are not followed, we can see the future of Syria being a place where one side is using chemical weapons and the other is using conventional weapons with impunity,“ Menendez said.

The senator warned against the „immediate and disproportionate use ogospelhitzf force, including a military response, that threatens to topple and destabilize the very regime that this tragedy in Syria represents.“

„We are not taking our eyes off this tragedy in Syria,“ Menendez said, adding that „we must do everything in o우리카지노ur power to stop the use of chemical weapons.“

„The more we respond, the longer it will take,“ he warned.

Menendez’s visit to Doha coincided with the annual conference of Arab League leaders, which was held in Qatar. The Qatari emirate has long held an interest in the radical Sunni group ISIS, which has taken control in Iraq, seized parts of Syria and other countries, and committed atrocities throughout the region.

A week before Menendez’s speech, Al-Monitor reporte