May 15, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly "strongly" condemned the Syrian government Wednesday for its "indiscriminate" shelling and bombing of civilians and "widespread and systematic" human rights violations in a conflict that has dragged on for more than two years and left more than 70,000 people dead. The resolution, co-sponsored by most Arab and Western governments, was adopted by a vote of 107 to 12, with 59 abstentions. The United States backed the resolution and Russia opposed it, putting them on...
August 5, 2012 |
As fighting inside Syria intensifies and the opposition there renews its plea to the world for help, the Obama administration's hands-off approach is increasingly at odds with both America's values and its interests. Some have suggested that recent gains by the rebels — including offensives in Damascus and Aleppo , the assassination of key regime officials and several high-profile defections — prove that the Syrian opposition is on the path to victory and does not need our assistance.
August 16, 2012 |
Syria continues to go from bad to worse to terrible. The United States continues to follow events, not lead them. U.S. officials worry that greater violence, if not chaos, will follow the fall of Bashar al-Assad . They may be right, given the regime's decades of misrule. But time matters. The longer Assad clings to power , the worse the post-Assad period is likely to be; the longer violence will continue (and the more sectarian the struggle will become), the more...
December 11, 2012 |
President Obama formally recognized a newly formed Syrian opposition group as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people Tuesday, a move the administration hopes will speed the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad and the formation of an alternative government. "We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people...
September 25, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS — The emir of Qatar called on Arab nations Tuesday to form a political and military coalition to intervene in Syria to stop the bloodshed there, posing a direct challenge to U.N. efforts to resolve the conflict through negotiations. "We have used all available means to get Syria out of the cycle of killing, but that was in vain," the emir, Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, said in an address to the U.N. General Assembly. "In view of this, I think it is...
June 28, 2012 |
A group of influential countries from the U.N. Security Council and the Middle East will meet Saturday in Geneva to agree on an action plan for peace in Syria. The situation could hardly be more grave . Since last spring, many thousands of Syrians have risen up to demand change. While at first they gathered peacefully, in the face of appalling government brutality some have resorted to arms. Others, especially members of minorities, have sat on the fence or supported the government, and they fear the...