Responsibility to protect?
February 4, 2012 11:44 AM Subscribe
"I saw bodies of women and children lying on roads, beheaded."
At least 260 people were killed last night
in a government assault on Homs, the epicenter of the Syrian uprising. This came right before a key UN vote to support the Arab League's plan
to have President Bashar al-Assad hand over power to the vice president and hold early elections for a national unity government, which failed this morning with 13 in favor
and a double veto
by China and Russia
In the wake of the Homs massacre, Tunisia, Kuwait, and Algeria are expelling the Syrian ambassadors to their countries
. The UN's last estimated death toll in January was 5,400 killed
since the uprising started in March 2011. The French foreign minister puts it at 6,000
Arguments in favor of intervention: 1
Arguments against intervention: 1
According to a Congressional Research Service report
, of $8.2 billion in total arms sales to Syria since 2003, 98% came from Russia and China. (via