The announcement Sunday that the U.S. will join Turkey in providing "nonlethal" humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition groups is a clear sign of the Obama administration's growing frustration with the failure of diplomatic efforts to halt Syrian President
The U.S. has been calling on the U.N. Security Council for weeks to prevent what officials fear is a looming humanitarian disaster on the order of the mass killings in Kosovo and
The situation is getting worse by the day. Mr. Assad ignored a Security Council resolution last week calling on him to pull his forces back from rebellious cities across the country and open talks with the rebels under the auspices of former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Instead, Mr. Assad's troops intensified the attacks that by some estimates have claimed the lives of more than 9,000 civilians since the uprising began a year ago. Mr. Assad's father, the late President Hafez Assad, massacred tens of thousands of his own citizens in order to put down uprisings in the early 1980s. Now his son appears more than willing to match or exceed his father's record of mass murder in order to maintain his own grip on power.
President Obama wisely insists the U.S. must be cautious about any potential American militarily involvement inSyria's conflict, which has morphed from peaceful demonstrations into a virtual civil war. Having just wound down the war in Iraq, and currently in the midst of a delicate withdrawal from Afghanistan, neither Mr. Obama nor the American people are eager to start a war with another Middle Eastern country. But as the death toll in
The president is certainly right that the situation in Syria is unlike that in
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