The United Nations and the Threat of a Syrian Civil War

Friday, June 01, 2012

In the aftermath of last week’s Houla massacre, Syria appears on the brink: the threat of a full-scale, open civil war looms and fears are growing that the country’s violence will spill out across the Middle East.

The international community appears to be stepping up its efforts to address the nation’s internal strife. Yesterday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the European Union is drafting new, harsher sanctions against Syria. Just hours before Hague’s announcement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke in Istanbul, Turkey, urging the Syrian government to abide by the terms of a U.N.-brokered, six-point peace plan. And the United States is again putting pressure on Russia and China to change course and support a Security Council push for harsher measures against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. 

As the calls for international action against Syria increase, the United Nations is quickly being ushered into the center of the conflict. How will the U.N. respond to the violence? And how should it? 

Ami Horowitz, a first-time filmmaker whose debut documentary, “U.N. Me,” traces and critiques the history of the U.N., discusses the organization and Syria.

Guests:

Ami Horowitz

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [2]

listener

Libya and Syria were until very recently part of the "moral authority" of the UN and still would be if they kept their ferocious atrocities on the back burner like they have done for decades.
The problem is not that Syrians are being massacred which has been happening for years but the fragile fictions of the United Nations are being challenged as the blood shed becomes conspicuous and it is very embarrassing to this "international community". The screams from Syria are making them look bad and distracts from Israel which all correct thinking people know is the real problem.

The UN has become an obscene joke where we are supposed to pretend that the representative from North Korea is to be respected as much as the representative of Denmark. They both got the jobs in very different ways yet belief is suspended in the UN theater of the absurd where Israel and the USA are the great threats to humanity. Relocate the UN from New York to South Sudan and we will see how many diplomats show up.

The punchline is that we have a President who clearly has more respect for the UN than he does the US Congress. He should be reminded that he took an oath to the US Constitution and not the UN Charter.

Jun. 01 2012 08:18 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The slaughter is Syria is ghastly, and isn't ending. But one is reminded that 3-4,000 human being are slaughtered in the U.S. each day in abortion clinics. Lots of slaughtering going on.

Jun. 01 2012 05:55 AM

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