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GENEVA - The U.N.-Arab League's Syria envoy is meeting with senior U.S. and Russian officials to explore prospects of bringing Syria's warring sides for peace talks in Geneva.Previous attempts to brin...
Clearly, the deployment of 290 unarmed UN monitors, not unlike the initial deployment of Arab League monitors, has ended up with the monitors being observers to the killing rather than a protection force to prevent the killing to begin with.
What is needed is a total quarantine of Syria -- global travel bans and asset freezes, a complete arms embargo, and utter diplomatic isolation and condemnation. The Syrian political and army leadership must be put on notice that they will be held accountable for their international criminality.
As western governments push for a tougher UN sanctions regime for an alleged nuclear weapons program, the Russians and Chinese will refuse to go along and jeopardize their military and economic ties with Iran. They are actively resisting the common western goal: to produce regime change throughout the region.