December 15, 2011 – Syria News Blog: A Roundup of Key International Reportage & Commentary
Ninth Month of Syrian Revolution Ends, UN Raises Death Toll to Over 5,000
Today marks the end of the Syrian revolution’s ninth month and nonviolent civil disobedience and activism among members of the opposition continue to rise, irregardless of the Syrian government’s intensifying use of lethal force against its detractors. At the same time, the ranks of the Free Syrian Army, the armed element of the uprising, are slowly swelling, fueling concerns that the power of violence will soon overwhelm that of peaceful resistance. For their part, major players in the international community, Turkey, France, and the US among them, appear to be edging toward recanting their noninterventionist views on Syria’s crisis, thereby ratcheting up fears that foreign military intervention in Syria is indeed on the table.
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