During a town hall on Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was confronted by a woman whose family lives in Syria and could explain the situation better than any politician to date.
In a rare moment where political theory met real life, the woman who identified herself as “Jumana” told Sen. McCain that there is a third option: stop Iran and Saudi Arabia from arming both sides in Syria, noted RawStory.com (video below).
“We cannot afford to turn Syria into another Iraq, or Afghanistan,” said Jumana. “I beg you. My family is there. There’s so many good Syrians. The majority of the Syrian people want to save their country. And you need to also listen to the majority of the American people, who do not want you to go there.”
“To listen to you say there is no good option in Syria, I refuse to believe that. The good option right now is to take Saudi Arabia and Iran and force them to stop supporting the two sides in Syria. And you could do it. You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Senator McCain. We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood.”
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Jumana told the skeptical Sen. McCain that Syria is a secular government and that Christians are a minority in the country, which is correct. She also mentioned how her 18-year-old cousin had been killed by the Syrian rebels just a few days ago.
The woman received applause numerous times from the audience.
Instead of addressing her concerns, Sen. McCain told the Syrian woman how he has been to Syria and implied that he knew the country better than she did.
“All I can say is that I, too, have been to Syria. I, too, have met the people who are fighting there. I’ve met them, I know them, and I know who they are. And I know Syria well enough to know that it is a moderate nation. It is not a nation that will embrace these foreign fighters. But to say that Bashar Assad is anything but a merciless butcher, then we have a strong disagreement,” said Sen. McCain.
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However, Jumana never claimed that Bashar Assad was not killing people in Syria.
Sen. McCain failed to address the arming of Syrians by Iran and Saidi Arabia, and simply turned away from the Syrian woman.