February 4th, 2012
04:04 AM ET

U.N. Security Council could vote Saturday on response to Syria

Almost eleven months after protesters first flooded Syrian streets to demand regime change and true democratic freedoms, the U.N. Security Council could vote Saturday on a draft resolution that would pressure the government to stop a sustained, bloody crackdown on dissidents.

But in the hours leading up to Saturday morning's meeting in New York, reports of carnage at the hands of the Syrian regime continued unabated.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group, said early Saturday that 217 people, including women and children, had been killed in the beleaguered city of Homs over the past day.

"The U.N. isn't doing anything about it. The Arab League isn't doing anything about it ... While they're having their little discussion, people are sitting here and they're dying," one activist said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Syria's internal struggles for power are not properly the concern of the United Nations, and they certainly are not the concern of the USA.
    It is not the mission of the UN to bring democracy to every nation.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    It may surprise writers some here to learn that a benign but absolute monarchy is not a democracy.
    Within the proper framework of the United Nations, a democracy and an absolute monarchy could live in perfect peace.

    February 4, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I meant, "...surprise some writers here."

    February 4, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. leeintulsa

    so who are you rooting for, joey? the free syrian army? the peoples front of syria? the popular front? campaign for free demascus?

    SPLITTERS!

    February 4, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    lol @ lee, dont appear that hes rooting for anyone does it? And if NO ONE is going to stop this insanity you just know the US will get involved!

    February 4, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ lessintulsa, future POTUS:
    As in all instances, I root for Charles Darwin.
    Let the best man win so the species will survive.

    February 4, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    chrissy,
    I am rooting for the USA NOT to get involved in Syria's business. I paid for enough military equipment last year.

    February 4, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mary

    The Syrian Government's actions over the past 11 months have violated every one of the UN's stated set goals. It would be an OXYMORON to do anything else but get involved.

    UN stated aims: International security, International laws, Economic Development, Social progress, Human rights and world peace.

    Also... the United States is no the only member of the UN.

    February 4, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    If my vote counts, I vote that US and NATO stay the hell out of this.
    If that vote is invalid, I vote that the Arab League nations take care of their own neighborhood.
    If that vote is invalid, Then just KMA

    February 4, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Spot on, bc(iah).
      Especially the KMA portion.
      Although Mary has a valid point: the UN isn’t soley the US, and neither is NATO.

      February 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ Mary

    Unfortunately. all the UN does is pass resolutions and take votes of condemnation. Honestly, what good does all that do ? It's almost like the equivalent of if you did something bad in school, it would go on your permanent record.

    This organization is like a lion with no teeth. All it can do is make a lot of noise, and maybe scratch you.

    February 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Mark

    I hate to say it, but that is exactly what they want. If the US and NATO again take the lead in this, the Arab League and other countries will again be able to point their fingers at the west. We are already blamed for every ill in this world now. The Arab League is the one doing the most talking. If they are so concerned, it's time for them to put up, or shut up.

    February 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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