Clinton: There Is ‘An Argument To Be Made’ That Assad Is A War Criminal

Last November, the U.N. Human Rights Council issued a report finding that Syrian security forces had committed crimes against humanity and this month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon accused the Syrian regime of “almost certain” crimes against humanity. Today during a Senate hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed that the argument can be made that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal but added that an official declaration as such may complicate a political solution to the crisis. “Based on definitions of war criminal and crimes against humanity, there would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category,” Clinton said, adding, “But I also think that from long experience that can complicate a resolution of a difficult, complex situation because it limits options to persuade leaders perhaps to step down from power.”