The international community is at least doing something and hopefully acknowledging that more action is needed. Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both of New York, are planning to propose a sanctions measure in Congress this week, which would require President Obama to protect pro-democracy protesters in Syria, among other moves. Meanwhile, the Arab League has decided to extend its observers’ mission by another month, although the operation has been criticized as toothless and powerless to stop the violent crackdown that began 10 months ago. But some officials said the United Nations would be training the observers.