McCain Confronted on Syria at Angry Town Hall Meeting
Senator John McCain was confronted on several occasions by Americans opposed to an attack on Syria during an angry town hall meeting that underscored polls which show massive resistance to military intervention.
Fresh off the back of public criticism for being photographed playing poker on his phone during a crucial Senate hearing on Syria, McCain was told in no uncertain terms during a town hall meeting in Arizona that his advocacy for using US military might to topple Bashar Al-Assad was not shared by his constituents.
"We didn't send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war," one man said as the audience applauded.
"Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It's not our fight," added another man, complaining that lawmakers were not representing the will of voters.
During the event another man stood next to McCain before revealing a sign which read, ""Don't Bomb Syria!!!"
The most passionate confrontation undoubtedly involved a woman whose 18-year-old cousin was killed ten days ago in Syria by US-backed rebels.
"They're not Syrian, they're coming to Syria from all over the world to fight....we cannot afford to turn Syria into another Iraq or Afghanistan," she said.
"You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Sen. McCain. We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood," added the woman.
"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 also need to listen to the majority of the American people who do not want you to go there....enough is enough....we don't want Al-Qaeda to take over," she said as the crowd cheered. She went on to highlight the attacks on Christians in Syria, saying she could trace her family back to the bible.
"We refused to be forced to leave and flee and be considered collateral damage," the woman concluded.
McCain responded by asserting he knew the rebels in Syria and that they were moderates. However, the rebels McCain met with in Syria earlier this year were "a known affiliate of the rebel group responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims," according to reports.
The deputy leader of the so-called "moderate" FSA also recently made it clear that, "the mujahideen rebels’ supreme council will disband unless the West drops its demands to steer clear of violent jihadists," reported National Review.
Perhaps the most well known if not the most brutal atrocity committed by US-backed rebels, where an opposition militant is seen cutting out and eating the heart of a Syrian soldier, was committed by FSA commander Abu Sakkar, hardly the action of a "moderate".
Public fury with McCain's advocacy of an attack on Syria is unsurprising given polls which show a clear majority of Americans oppose military intervention. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just 9 per cent thought the US should intervene in Syria's civil war, with 60 per cent opposed.
Watch the full video of a woman whose cousin was killed by US-backed rebels in Syria confronting McCain below.
Now watch Marine Infantry Combat Veteran Bryan Bates outline his opposition to an attack on Syria before walking out on McCain.