Backstory: Developments in Syria

Thursday, August 04, 2011

On Wednesday, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement, condemning the violent government crackdown in Syria. Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy, discusses the situation in Syria, where shelling continues in the city of Hama, and the impact of the Security Council’s statement, and why Lebanon refused to sign on to it.


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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

Why is it called a "presidential statement"? What president(s) does this refer to? The presidents & prime ministers of the countries that sign on to it?

Aug. 04 2011 02:03 PM
Esther from baltimore

I think the term "Arab Spring" was coined by some creative journalists/media wishing to promote an agenda.
Is there any evidence of budding movements reflecting justice, democracy, and open discourse? Any flowering of humanity, respect for human life?
Do we know who the rebels are?
We have yet to see what season is next.

Aug. 04 2011 01:30 PM

Syrian protesters routinely call President Assad a traitor. From some brief interviews it appears that the reason for them calling him a traitor is that he did not start a war with Israel to recapture the Golan Heights.

Considering this and that there are reports that anti-Qaddafi Libyan rebels are now supplying advanced weapons to Hamas in Gaza, should American pubic have a more skeptical look at the "Arab spring" phenomena?

Aug. 04 2011 12:18 PM

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