Meanwhile, just as in
As many as 2 million Syrians remain imprisoned in regime jails. Another 800,000 are refugees in neighboring states, the U.N. says, and others are fleeing at a rate of about 5,000 every day. In squalid Jordanian, Turkish and Lebanese refugee camps, many have little access to food, shelter or clean water -- leading to a full-blown humanitarian crisis, the U.N. warns.
Exacerbating this disaster,
Last week, Syrian rebels threatened to attack
"The country is breaking up before our eyes,"
As the nation disintegrates and threatens to fall into malign hands,
Obama refused. And he was correct. With all those rival factions in
"The flow of weapons from
The American officials who advocated arming the rebels also suggested training a cadre of fighters. Look how well that's working in
So what can the West do? Sit by and watch as al-Qaeda,
Any sort of military action would, of course, infuriate
A few days ago,
With the exception of
In her view, in fact, Assad should be sent directly to the International Criminal Court.
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