EU “slaps” new sanctions on Syria—0bama’s debacle in Syria — Update #36 (April 14)

EU “slaps” another round of sanctions on Syria

The European Union slapped another round of sanctions against Syria today, the 15th.

CNN Wire staff, “EU slaps new sanctions on Syria,” CNN, May 14, 2012 (updated 12:58 PM EDT).

How hard was the slap?

The EU added three individuals and two companies to its list of individuals and companies with travel and asset restrictions.

BRUSSELS—The European Union imposed visa bans and asset freezes Monday on three new people associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime — bringing to 128 the number of Assad supporters targeted by the bloc.

Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said two Syrian entities were also added to the boycott list, which now includes 43 Syrian companies, banks and other organizations.

The new measures, the 15th round of EU sanctions against Assad’s regime and its supporters, were adopted at a meeting of EU foreign ministers. The bloc will name the individuals and entities involved on Tuesday, Mann said.

–Slobodan Lekic, “EU adopts new sanctions against Syria’s regime,” Associated Press, May 14, 2012.

In a fitting commentary to the significance of this development, the photograph accompanying the story has the following heading:

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton shows a
photo of the Empire State building in New York, that was lighted up for Europe day, in the European Union’s flag colors, prior to the start of an EU foreign affairs meeting at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, May 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

12,000 people have been killed in Syria since March, 2011. This is Europe’s latest response.

What can be said?

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