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Opinion: Syria

The international community has run out of adjectives to describe their disappointment, disgust, and now horror with Assad's actions and policies. Enough is enough. We need to stop the niceties. We need to stop pretending that diplomacy will change the status quo.

UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré
Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League special envoy on the Syrian crisis. Diplomatic niceties no longer cut it, says Bessma Momani.
Bessma Momani
Published: Wednesday, 06/06/2012 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Monday, 09/23/2013 3:18 pm EDT

The international community hoped that it would not come to this, but the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has proven that it is unreformable, unbendable, and unrelenting in its desire to kill all civilians to ensure survival.

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