08.04.11 3:23 AM ET
U.N. Condemns Syria
After days of wrangling, the U.N. Security Council adopted a statement Wednesday condemning the violence in Syria, which, in its latest outburst, killed 45 people in Hama on Thursday. The statement “condemn[s] widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.” China and Russia originally blocked the motion because they said they feared it could pave the way for a military intervention like the one in Libya; they only agreed to it after language was added urging both sides to resist violence.
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After fleeing with his family from Syria in fear of his life, a former officer in Bashar al-Assad’s military tells The Daily Beast’s Babak Dehghanpisheh of manipulation and brutality in the ongoing crackdown.
Escalating Violence in Syria Paralyzes the West
Washington and NATO rationalized its bombing of Libya on humanitarian grounds. Then why can’t anyone muster a threat against Syria? By The Daily Beast’s Michael Young.