Upwards of 200 people are reported to have been massacred in Syria in the latest in a series of atrocities in that country which have left thousands of people dead as President Bashar al-Assad ruthlessly clings to power. Yet the UN has failed to act:
‘A United Nations Security Council effort to end the violence in Syria collapsed in acrimony and a veto by Russia and China on Saturday, hours after the Syrian military attacked the ravaged city of Homs in what opposition leaders described as the bloodiest government assault in the nearly 11-month-old uprising.
‘The Security Council voted 13 to 2 in favor of a resolution backing an Arab League peace plan for Syria, but the measure was blocked by Russia and China, which opposed what they saw as a potential violation of Syria’s sovereignty.’
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to his spokesman, ‘deeply regrets’ this failure: