The Global Showdown Over Syria Has Reached A Pivotal Point

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Paul Martin

Brian Jones
May 28 2013

The White House is considering a no-fly-zone in Syria.

Russia plans to send the S-300 missile system to Syria, which could down aircraft attempting to enforce a no-fly zone.

Someone has to blink — or things could get really bad.

The conflict in Syria has raged for two years. What began as peaceful demonstrations has deteriorated into full-blown civil war, with more than 80,000 people killed and millions displaced by the conflict.

White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed chatter about a no-fly-zone with a statement on Wednesday: “Every option available to the president remains on the table when it comes to our policy towards Syria. That of course includes the possibility of a no-fly zone.”

Sen. John McCain, an advocate of a no-fly zone in Syria, secretly traveled to Syria and met with members of the Free Syrian Army for several hours on Monday. He is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the war-torn nation since the fighting began.

Meanwhile Russia has said it will supply the Bashar al Assad regime with S-300 missile systems.

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