Violence Continues In Syria Despite International Monitors

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Video grab shows a Syrian tank driving through the city of Homson December 26, 2011. Heavy gunfire killed at least 30 people in Homs on Monday. (-/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Arab League monitors have been in Syria for more than a week, yet violence continues throughout the country. Activists claim about 400 people have been killed in clashes between protestors in the military in the past week alone. On Tuesday, an advisory body to the League said the observers should be withdrawn because they are providing cover to the Syrian government as it continues to treat its citizens inhumanely. But Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said Syria's release of political prisoners and its withdrawal of military artillery from residential areas demonstrates that progress is being made.

Steven A. Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about whether he thinks the monitors should be pulled out of Syria.


Steven A. Cook

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [1]


The Arab League monitoring Syria is like a wife beater being monitored by his friends who are also wife beaters. This "flight of fancy" and surprise at the meager credibility of the Arab League is a tragic and sickening joke along with expecting action from the United Nations which just honored Kim Jung-Il with a moment of silence.
Where are the mass protests in defense of Arab people like we see against Israel when that nation tries to defend itself? Could it be the "peace" protesters do not really care about Arab civilians but have another agenda?

Jan. 03 2012 09:40 AM

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