US President Barack Obama has no right to carry out airstrikes inside Syria without the country’s consent, and doing so would enormously benefit the ISIL terrorist group, an analyst in Washington says.
“President Obama nor any US president has the right to bomb any targets in Syria without the approval and consent of the sovereign government of Syria,” said Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, a US-based umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
“The Syrian government has said the bombing of Syrian territory without its consent would be an act of war, and of course it is an act of war,” Becker told Press TV during an interview on Monday.
The Obama administration’s refusal to cooperate with the Syrian government in fighting the ISIL terrorist group illustrates its lack of commitment in battling terrorism, Becker added.
Becker pointed out that ISIL and other militant groups operating in Syria “have received their arms, money, and training from either US regional allies such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan, or from the US and NATO itself during the past three years.”
He harshly criticized Obama’s recent threat against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, “which has been the principal force, the primary force fighting against [ISIL].”
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Obama has threatened to target Syria’s air defense system and topple the government if Assad ordered his forces to shoot down American planes entering Syrian airspace.
He made the remarks during a meeting in the White House before his speech about his administration’s strategy about the ISIL terrorist group.
Obama ordered the US military on Wednesday to expand its bombing campaign against ISIL terrorists and launch airstrikes in Syria.
“Nothing could be more favorable” for ISIL than for the United States to “continue its political or perhaps military attack against the Assad government,” Becker concluded.