What Can the US Do to Quell Violence in Syria?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A photo of Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad lies on the ground next during a demonstration outside the Russian embassy in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO/Getty)

Over the weekend, China and Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would've allowed action to be taken against Bashar al-Assad's regime. The U.S. has closed their embassy in Syria, and has begun discussing imposing sanctions. But more pressingly, unlike the intervention in Libya, there seems to be little that the international community can do to protect civilians.

David Sanger is chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times. You can hear him every Monday on New York Public Radio's "The Washington Report." 

Amr Al Azm is a Syrian activist and professor of history at Shawnee State University.


Amr Al-Azm and David Sanger

Comments [1]


Didn't the Obama Administration announce a "restart" with Russia, praised the moderation of Syria and undermined the US Constitution with an involvement in Libya?
Is this what is meant by smart power?

If Israel was fighting against Syria resulting in a massacre of thousands there would be massive protests in concern of Arab people but why no such concern or protests now?

Feb. 07 2012 12:01 PM

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