Syrian violence kills 37; sectarian tensions rising

The Security Council is scheduled to take up a western/Arab initiative that would call on Assad to resign and hand over power to his vice president (a close crony) but Russia has pledged to block any call for the dictator's resignation. Meanwhile, the bloodletting goes on...and on. Reuters: Security forces killed 37 people in Syria on Friday, activists and residents said, as people in Homs mourned 14 members of a family they said were slain by militiamen in one of the worst sectarian attacks in a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. The U.N. Security Council was to meet later in the day to discuss Syria before a possible vote next week on a new Western-Arab draft resolution aimed at halting 10 months of bloodshed. Russia, which joined China in vetoing a previous Western draft resolution in October and which has since promoted its own draft, said the Western-Arab version was unacceptable and vowed to block any text calling for Assad's resignation. There was no let-up in violence...(Read Full Post)