On Monday Arab League representatives met with the United Nations Security Council to discuss a plan of action for Syria. More than 5,000 Syrians have been killed by government forces since protests against President Bashar Al-Assad began last March. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton delivered a strong message of support to the Syrian resistance the same day: "The longer the Assad regime continues its attacks on the Syrian people and stands in the way of a peaceful transition, the greater the concern that instability will escalate and spill over throughout the region."
Dr. Shadi Hamid is the Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center. He wrote a piece promoting foreign intervention in Syria in The Atlantic. Obeida Nahas, a member of the Syrian National Council that is meeting with the United Nations.