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.