The Real Story on Syria, and Why It Matters

By now, literally thousands of protesters in Syria have been killed by President Bashar Assad's forces, beefed up with Hezbollah fighters from next-door Lebanon. Recently, a U.N. Security Council resolution backed by the Arab League that condemned the violence and called for Assad to step down was vetoed by Russia and China after  U.S. and European officials rejected a series of Russian amendments to the draft resolution that U.S.-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said were "unacceptable." The Russians and Chinese vetoed a similar resolution back in October that left open the option of U.N. sanctions against Syria. In the meantime, Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa against Russia and China on his al-Jazeera show after the veto, calling them "enemies of the Arab people." Let's break down what this all means. Syria has always had a thuggish, violent regime even before Bashar's father Hafez al-Assad took over.  Throughout all the occupation of...(Read Full Post)