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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

Should we really not be trying to do more to stop this, even if it means the kind of U.S. military action almost none of us seems to want?

Soaring Syria death toll brings intervention no closer

From the piece:

The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations says. Another 100,000 may die this year, warns U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. About 220 were killed on Wednesday alone.

"When numbers get serious, they leave a mark on your door," goes a song by American musician Paul Simon.

But in Syria those bloody notches show no signs of braking a headlong struggle to the death watched from afar by divided outside powers, most of whose leaders seem convinced that the risks of direct intervention outweigh any possible rewards.

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