Analysis

Syrian Disaster Grows as Syrians Executed for Talking to UN
April 2012 image from YouTube video of Syrian opposition members mocking UN observers for their ineffectiveness wearing fake UN vests. The fake observers have cotton in their ears; one is using a cane and pretending to be blind.
April 25, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
The Syrian regime appears to be sinking to new lows with reports of security forces executing Syrians who speak to UN observers. The military also reportedly is halting violence against towns for visits by UN observers but then resuming attacks as soon as UN personnel depart. Syrians have become so frustrated at the inability of the UN observers to stop the violence that activist videos have surfaced mocking them as useless.

UK Foreign Minister William Hague conceded on April 23 that the European Union was running out of credible options against Syria after the EU passed its 14th set of Syria sanctions. The latest sanctions included a ban on goods that could be used for oppression by the Syrian regime and an embargo of luxury goods. Language that the United States tried to add to a UN Security Council resolution last weekend threatening additional sanctions against the Assad regime if it continued the violence had to be removed due to Russian and Chinese objections.

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