Senator Cruz against arming Syrian rebels

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in an address to the senate on Monday that arming the Syrian rebels would be a bad idea and that chemical weapons in Syria should be secured.

"The President would be better off focusing clearly on the one thing that is in our national security interests: securing Syria's large stockpile of chemical weapons." Cruz said.

The war in Syria has had a negative impact on the country's civilians and soldiers. Over 93,000 people have died in the conflict and millions are without homes. Many of the refugees are seeking refuge in neighboring countries, which has added tension to the already unstable region.

Recent rumors of chemical weapon use has made world leaders uneasy. The Syrian government has so far declined using chemical weapons.

"We know Assad has used these [chemical] weapons, and there is good reason to suspect the al Qaida-affiliated rebels would use them as well if they could get their hands on them," Cruz said. "This poses an intolerable threat not only to our friends in the region, but also to the United States. We need to be developing a clear, practical plan to go in, locate the weapons, secure or destroy them, and then get out. The United States should be firmly in the lead to make sure the job is done right."