The Syrian government commits an atrocity. The United States and the United Nations denounce it. Nothing happens.
It’s a pattern that experts say will likely continue with the revelation this week that, since 2011, officials at a military prison in Syria have summarily executed as many as 13,000 people by hanging.
A U.N. spokesman called the executions “horrifying.”
Amnesty International, which documented the killings, concluded they were part of a systematic government policy and constituted crimes against humanity. The group called on the U.N. to independently investigate the prison and other detention centers and to act immediately to end the...