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The Syria Charade Turns Ghastly

by Elliott Abrams
June 7, 2012


Today UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon told the Security Council that “Heavy weapons, armor-piercing bullets and surveillance drones have been used against UN observers in Syria to hamper their efforts to monitor the worsening conflict….” Ban condemned the most recent massacre as “an unspeakable barbarity” and called for implementation of the Kofi Annan peace plan.

“The most recent massacre” is a term that will have a new meaning each day, as more massacres are reported. And each day the charade being conducted at the UN will be more ghastly, for it is increasingly detached from the murderous reality on the ground in Syria. “The time has come for the international community to unite around a plan for post-Assad Syria,” said Secretary Clinton today, as if there were an “international community.”  I have been quoting her February 23 statement that “World opinion is not going to stand idly by” since February 23.

What’s missing is leadership and determination from Washington. Maybe world opinion isn’t going to stand idly by, but apparently her president is. I urge her to come back from her travels and go to the Oval Office. That’s where the end to this barbarism in Syria will begin.

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  • Posted by A ZDave

    So much for one world government . What a hapless, corrupt, ineffective bunch the UN is. The UN has failed every time to prevent atrocities. It has always been the US that has bailed the world out. As long as this spineless Marxist ideologue is in the White House you can forget about it. At any rate, the world had better learn to help itself as we are broke. Time for the Socialist Utopias in the rest of the world to step up to the plate…….good luck.

  • Posted by Jay T.

    This precedent may come in handy for other dictatorships in the region some day. Like Israel, for example: http://tinyurl.com/bto5ssh (Vanity Fair article on Netanyahu).

  • Posted by Piuz

    Nations be watchful handle the Syrian Crisis with care, some Nations such as Russia, Iran, China and other nations who are not supporting the peaceful Syria free of Assad wants to turn it to be a war ground. The constant supply of warmachines to Syria for Assad to kill his own People, are looking for the Third World War with Syria as a war ground.

  • Posted by Mawloud Ould Daddah

    Like in cold war,Russia and China support the bad side

  • Posted by Mawloud Ould Daddah

    Syrian people is getting rid of a stalinian and terrorist dictatorship,which dedicated half a century to subversion,destabilisation,terrorism,and,with its iranian ally,to course to weapons of mass destruction

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