UN Says No: Growing International Opposition to Syria War

Few Want Any Appearance of Involvement in US War

The Arab League took the US by surprise today with its opposition to their planned attack on Syria, and then the UN Security Council rejected the idea of authorizing the war as well.

The indications are this isn’t going to stop anything, but the international community’s positions are increasingly public and overwhelmingly opposed to the planned US attack, and almost no one wants to be on President Obama’s side in his latest adventure.

Post-coup Egypt says it rejects the idea of foreign military operations in Syria, and NATO-member Poland confirmed they’re not going to get involved. Britain’s parliament has delayed their government’s planned involvement too.

Perhaps today’s biggest surprise came from Jordan, however, which insisted they won’t allow the international community to use their territory as a “launching pad” for the war, and that they want to see a diplomatic solution.

That’s downright incredible, as Jordan has been openly hosting a Syrian rebel training center for months, with US and Israeli officials conducting training of fighters who are then sent back into Syria to fight the government.

Jordanian officials are clearly fretting an al-Qaeda victory in Syria, but they have long presented intervention as forwarding some secular rebel victory, and seem to now be conceding that the war is just forwarding al-Qaeda’s regional agenda.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.