With their monitors withdrawn from the nation and their last UN Security Council resolution in shambles, the Arab League has voted today to push for a full scale United Nations invasion of the troubled nation of Syria.
Saying the move would “put additional pressure” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the league says it wants to create a “joint” force of Arab League and United Nations “peacekeepers” as well as backing the various rebel factions.
Exactly what the proposal would accomplish is unclear, as the Arab League could not even pass a resolution that explicitly rejected military intervention through the UN Security Council. Analysts say the call for an attack is “symbolic.”
But symbolic of what, it isn’t clear. Syria’s government of course has rejected this “plan” and there is no chance either Russia or China is going to allow the UN to agree to it either. The net effect, then, is to further alienate Syria from the Arab League.
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