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Immunity or safe-conduct for al-Assad? Can Kofi Annan fail? Conference before cease-fire?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #56 (June 23)

A lot of wasted time and diplomatic effort could be saved if the world’s leaders insisted on their top international lawyers sitting in on critical…


General Mood of UNSMIS briefs Security Council—Obama’s Debacle in Syria— Update #54 (June 19) (with video links)

Reflections on Gen. Mood’s decision to stand down UNSMIS observers in Syria On May 15, we wrote: What will it take for the international community…


“The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #50 (June 9)

The proceedings of the General Assembly informal meeting on Syria on June 7, and the statements by Security Council representatives made following a closed meeting…


Goals to guide the international community in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #47 (May 29)

With talk of orchestrating a Yemen-style transition in Syria through agreement between Russia and the United States, it may be useful to address the question…


Security Council Press Statement on Houla massacre: Empty words, without significance—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #46 (May 28)

See UN News Centre, “Security Council strongly condemns massacre of civilians in Syria,” May 27, 2012. The text of the Security Council Press Statement of…


“Looney Toons” at the White House: New York Times article details Obama’s thinking on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #45 (May 27)

looney-tunes adj. [after Looney Tunes, trademark for a series of animated cartoons] [Slang] crazy; demented: also loon’ y-tunes *** loony [Slang] adj. loon’i-er, looní-est [LUNATIC]…


Chief of UN Observers confirms massacre at Houla; NGOs report 35 children and total of 110 killed—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #44 (May 26)

Reuters (Beirut)–“This morning U.N. military and civilian observers went to Houla and counted more than 32 children under the age of 10 and over 60…


Obama clueless on Syria? G-8 endorses UN peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #39 (May 21)

Latest News Reports and Opinion Clashes over the weekend following the killing of two Sunni clerics at a roadblock in Tripoli, under ambiguous circumstances, have…


UN committe against torture reports on al-Assad’s abuses; Germany punts on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #38 (April 16)

News Item “Committee Against Torture Convenes Extraordinary Meeting on Situation in Syria,” UN Watch. May 16, 2012. Excerpts: “The Chairman stressed that the Committee is…


Developments on the ground—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Upadate #31 (April 26)

The civil war in Syria rages on, with the Security Council’s 6-point peace plan a dead letter and largely irrelevant–except as a collective delusion which…


Stop the killing: Stop al-Assad, Putin, and Kofi Annan’s peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #27 (April 21)

News Update See Alexandra Sandels, “Syria street protests met with force; On a day when U.N. monitors are missing, Syria government forces try to prevent…


Beyond Despair: Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #12 (March 16)

[developing] It is easier now to understand how the European Powers and the United States looked the other way as Hitler executed all his opponents…


The “Rational Actor” Fallacy and Stopping Syria’s Atrocities—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #8 (March 9)

“There are times, such as when a man or a group of men are in the act of firing weapons to kill innocent civilians, when…


The Nuremberg Principles and Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #5

U.N. Security Council For earlier articles on Syria by The Trenchant Observer, see the Articles on Syria page. If Russia and China want to continue…


Diplomats founder: Military action, not “mediation”, required to halt crimes against humanity—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #1 (February 29, revised March 1)

Revised March 1, 2012 For earlier articles on Syria by The Trenchant Observer, see the Articles on Syria page. Syrian tank firing in Homs “So,…



U.N. Commission Report on Crimes Against Humanity in Syria; Military Action; Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention in Syria and International Law

Terror That Cannot Be Stopped By Logic or Reason Bashar al-Assad’s assault on civilians with tanks, snipers, and all the instruments of terror of a modern state is…


The Syrian Question: Srebrenice Again?—Syria Update #3

“Would you sit down with someone who had just killed your wife and sister, to discuss rules which you should follow in the future in…



Monumental miscalculation? Russia’s strategic interests in Syria and its defense of the al-Assad regime

Russia has blocked Security Council resolutions on Syria (e.g., in October, 2011) and has been dragging its heels in the current Security Council debate over…