| Systematic destruction of Syria by Assad (c) Al Jazeera|
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The situation in Syria is heinous, and demands remedy.
|Barry, you really ARE a Pole Turtle! (c) Telegraph|
A review of the situation in Libya today reveals a raging civil war as a variety of groups slaughter each other as well as innocent by-standers while seeking to control the country.
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As we recall, the UN mission includes addressing situations like those we see in Syria. They've done so in Africa, Eastern Europe, and other parts of the Middle East [e.g., Lebanon]. In Syria, they've assumed an "observer" status, which seems to translate to:
"We're here to hide and watch the citizens get slaughtered by the government" a position they took in Bosnia and Somalia.
UN Special Envoy Kofe Annan resigned last week in protest over the UN's inability to function effectively, stating that "when the Syrian people desperately needed action, there continues to be finger pointing and name-calling in the Security Council."
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The World Food Program quotes 850,000 beneficiaries and hope to reach 1.5 million in September; we're not sure though where they are reaching these people.
The UN complains that there are insufficient funds committed by donor countries, and that the number of donor countries needs to be expanded.
|Going first class on donors' dime (c) PlanetForward|
Nouicer counters with: "We have provided enough evidence that there is 'a possibility' to deliver."
Not the encouraging words donor countries are looking for.
Of course, the question remains
"With the UN's multi-billion dollar budget, how much does it need from donor countries to deliver the relief effort with which it is charged?"
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Assad last week ruled out Turkey's call for Syria to set up "humanitarian buffer zones" within Syria to protect refugees; he advised that the internal situation is "better", but he needs time to "win the battle against 'terrorists'".
One encouraging note:
|France's last major defeat! (c) Reuters|
We cheer Mr Hollande on, but recall that France's last intervention in the international scene was at Dien Bien Phu, an historic lesson in French military and national leadership -- or lack thereof.