Massacres have continued in Syria over the past few days, validating concerns that the Arab League observers wouldn't restrain a regime determined to use violence to hang on to power.
Most of the Syrian refugees recovering in a Lebanese hospital are from small towns near the border. Their stories illustrate the perils facing many Syrians as Assad's regime cracks down.
Human rights groups estimate that at least 110 Syrians were killed yesterday, which would be the highest single-day death toll in the nine-month uprising.
Russia and China blocked the UN Security Council from acting on Syria in October. Now, Syria is showing signs of a civil war, and all roads point back to the security council. The council must demand a cease-fire, allow monitoring, and apply severe pressure on the regime.
As both the Syrian regime and the opposition harden their positions, a nationwide strike aimed at bringing down President Assad through peaceful means looks unlikely to succeed.
Before the calls come to commit US forces to an intervention in Syria, the Obama administration must take a hard look at what happened in Libya. The politically safe, low-risk, low-reward intervention in Libya shouldn’t be repeated in Syria.
But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did appear to admit in an ABC interview that some officials may have used inappropriate force against protesters.