Daily Archives: May 30, 2012

A Peace Plan in Name Only

By: Haitham Maleh Syrians have been killed almost since Hafez al-Assad took power in the 1970s. Now that the bloodshed has escalated under his son Bashar, history repeats itself, and no one seems to care. In March, the international community … Continue reading

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Editorial: Why we should stay out of Syria

By: Steve Chapman The downside of winning a war is that it makes the next one more alluring. Defeating the Serbs in Kosovo paved the way for invading Afghanistan. Our early success there made Iraq look as though it would … Continue reading

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Editorial: What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

By: Robin Yassin-Kassab There are some, perhaps many, Syrians who detest their government and are entirely aware of its treasonous nature — yet wish for the demonstrations and the guerrilla actions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to stop and … Continue reading

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News Analysis: For the White House, a Wary Wait as Syria Boils

By: Peter Baker After ordering American forces to Libya last year, President Obama declared that he had tackled a humanitarian crisis more decisively than his predecessors. “When people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s,” Mr. Obama told a … Continue reading

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Clinton in Scandinavia for Talks on Syria, Afghanistan, Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Denmark at the start of a week-long trip to Europe that is expected to focus on Syria, Afghanistan and Iran. Senior State Department officials traveling with Secretary Clinton say her talks with … Continue reading

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Syria intervention isn’t a slam dunk

Syria is not a video game. Americans need to understand that. President Bashar al-Assad and his regime, fighting to stay in power, are using increasingly brutal force against their own people. It is becoming a civil war, with both political … Continue reading

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Syria’s walking wounded

By: Tracey Shelton JABAL AL ZAWIYA, Syria — The pickup truck swerved around the corner as three frantic men stood on the back screaming,“Go! Go!” Bouncing painfully between their legs was a man drenched in blood. He was one of … Continue reading

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More sanctions for Syria as US targets bank

By: Anne Gearan and Julie Pace The Obama administration added new sanctions on a Syrian bank Wednesday as a top White House official said the U.S. wants to economically throttle the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and cut off … Continue reading

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Syria carnage continues

BEIRUT, Lebanon – UN observers said on Wednesday 13 bodies had been discovered bound and shot in eastern Syria, days after a massacre of 108 civilians, nearly half of them children, ignited a world outcry. Syrian activists said the victims … Continue reading

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Syria violence: Families herded ‘like sheep’ to die in Houla massacre

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Jordan — The gunmen arrived shortly before dusk, some in uniform and some in plain clothes, before herding whole families into rooms and killing them in cold blood, according to survivors. “They entered our homes … Continue reading

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