March 6th, 2012
03:33 AM ET

U.N. officials to visit Syria this week; Colvin's body to return to U.S.

Sounds of explosions and gunfire echoed in Damascus on Tuesday as the soaring death toll in Syria prompted one U.S. lawmaker to appeal for international airstrikes.

Meanwhile, almost two weeks after she was killed by a rocket attack in the city of Homs, the body of American journalist Marie Colvin is expected to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Paris said.

With Homs - and many other Syrian cities - besieged by a relentless government crackdown, U.S. Sen. John McCain called for the United States to lead an international effort to protect the Syrian population via piloted airstrikes on regime forces.

"Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives," the Arizona Republican told the Senate on Monday. "The only realistic way to do so is with foreign air power."

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  1. ♔Mmmmm♕

    so dumb...and what would be the need for the un to visit syrian? they chased out the orange vested arab league facade...mccain pleaae be quiet you are just reminding voters why they should never ever put you in oval office...

    March 6, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. revnowwhilewecan

    When we remove one regime for another, this does NOT bring about peace in the ME as the policy makers would have you believe. One only has to look at the history there to know. Besides, if democracy is our TRUE intent, then why do our greatest ME allies not have one? And please, don't tell me that innocent people are not getting killed in those regimes because if you believe that, then we can no longer continue the conversation.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. ♔Mmmmm♕

    look no one is denying syrian killings, the united states goverment is really a republic...it is not appropiate or even reasonable to expect every country to adopt a "democracy" rather it is important that goverments embrace and support the inalienable rights, liberties, and dignity of its citizens...

    March 6, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...mmmm

    March 6, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nicki

    @ ♔Mmmmm♕, True... But wouldn't you say that they are and will? Fracturing in the youth and technology we have and what ever is to come in the way of that tech.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nicki

    Adding on... The youths around the world may come from different cultures but seem to all speak the same language. Now with the internet these young adults can ban together and will do so in the future when the replace those in society and our Governmental positions. Hmmm 😉 lol

    March 6, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. ♔Mmmmm♕

    technology, internet, in particular can anhilate cultures...media...really an anarchist's dream tool...are you speaking of some type of indoctrination of the youth? their views are as diverse as their adult counterparts and can be just as erroneous...if not just plain gullible...

    March 6, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Agreed. Who on earth is teaching these kids their ideology if not the adults if their lives?

      March 6, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicki

      @ ♔Mmmmm♕

      I must say that was an EXCELLENT post ! 😉

      Yes the internet from my viewpoint is the #1 tool for the Devil.
      Indoctrination could only succeed within an inst itution that forces one to conform to if one need to achieve an end result.
      Such as: school, job, Government SS, Loans, Welfare, Workers Comp.... ect

      And you got me in the whole Youth thing .... Your absolutely correct.

      March 6, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |